Police arrest Seymour man on stalking charges


Police arrested a Seymour man early Wednesday on stalking charges, according to court documents.

Joseph Todd Hines, 39, faces preliminary Level 5 and Level 6 felony charges of stalking after multiple incidents over the course of more than a year.

A jury trial is scheduled in Jackson Circuit Court for 8:30 a.m. March 3. The trial date was set by Judge Richard W. Poynter during Hines’ initial hearing Wednesday morning.

Hines had contacted his ex-girlfriend repeatedly through text messages, emails, social media and more after their relationship ended in 2017, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Seymour Police Department Detective Sgt. Troy Munson.

Munson wrote that the woman contacted him March 28, 2018, and detailed multiple incidents throughout the previous months.

The woman was granted a protective order against Hines in January 2018, according to court records.

The situation escalated in January 2018 when the woman reported she had been contacted multiple times by users of adult social networking websites.

Police believe Hines created fake accounts on adult social networking sites using the woman’s name and posting her contact information, Munson wrote in court documents.

The woman also reported to police two unauthorized payments deducted from her checking account in March and April 2018, police said. The deductions totaled $148.57 and were paid to a company in Dubai, India, and to an adult dating website.

In another incident detailed in court documents, Munson wrote that Hines’ ex-girlfriend was staying over at a friend’s home when he entered the home uninvited in the middle of the night. He left the residence shortly after entering it.

Hines faces a Level 6 felony charge of residential entry in that case, according to court documents. A trial in that matter is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 7.

Hines was arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department early Wednesday at a residence in Seymour on a warrant issued by Poynter on Monday. Police said he escaped through a window and got onto the home’s roof before being taken into custody.

Officer Jordan Hawn arrested him.

Hines was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 3:11 a.m. Wednesday. He was released at 1:53 p.m. the same day on a $2,005 cash bond.

A Level 5 felony is punishable between one and six years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is three years.

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