Man Accused Of Using Teddy Bear To Stalk Woman


UPDATED: Monday December 30, 2013 6:36 PM

A former advocate for children is facing felony stalking charges, accused of using a slashed up teddy bear to harass his ex-girlfriend.

The Franklin County Sheriff says his investigators took this case seriously out of concern for the victim's safety.

The sheriff showed 10TV a photo a mutilated teddy bear they say was left on the victim's porch. 

"I guess for lack of a better word the guts, the stuffing, were pulled out and condoms were wrapped around the teddy bear's neck," said Sheriff Zach Scott.

The sheriff says investigators arrested the woman's ex-boyfriend, Rodger Moore, 55, and charged him with felony menacing by stalking.

"These types of situations are dangerous and they need to be taken very seriously," said Scott.

10TV has learned Moore worked for the Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency until November 11.

Court records show the victim claims the harassment began the next day, on November 12th, when she says Moore started sending "harassing" and "threatening" texts and emails and leaving numerous unwanted items.

Sheriff Scott says it was the bear that convinced the woman she needed to ask for help.

"These types of situations are not something to mess around with.  When you're being harassed or stalked you need to take action immediately the nip the whole thing in the bud fast...">

Moore didn't want to talk to 10TV but his attorney, Eric Hoffman, says it's uncommon for investigators to file felony charges before a victim has sought a civil protection order, and points out Moore has never been in trouble with the law before. 

The arrest is part of a new stalking task force created by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and the Columbus Division of Police.

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