UPDATE: Harlan man facing new stalking charges

By: Morgan Lentes, Angela Sparkman Email
By: Morgan Lentes, Angela Sparkman Email

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 4/25/14

Police say he grabbed a woman. Now, one Harlan County man faces stalking charges.

William Brock, 64, is no stranger to cases like this one. Earlier this month, Leslie County Sheriff's Deputies arrested him in a similar case. There, police believe he was watching children playing in a school yard.

Friday afternoon, Harlan City Police arrested Brock on stalking charges. They say he has followed a 20-year-old woman in Harlan since December.

"She was quite frazzled and scared," said Mike Thomas, Harlan Police Chief.

Police say Brock went to the woman's workplace Thursday night, approached her, and then followed her when she got in her car and drove away. She drove to the police station.

"According to her, touched her shoulder, grabbed hold of her, said I love you, and once she said stay away from me, and that's when he followed her here," said Thomas.

Harlan Police got a warrant for his arrest and filed the charge on Friday.

Brock talked to WYMT as he was being arrested.

"I'm innocent. I didn't do this. I don't stalk women. I don't do bad things," Brock said.

He is also facing stalking and trespassing charges in Leslie County where deputies arrested him near a school.

"I'm not a pervert. I'm not sick and twisted. I don't have any kind of fetish," Brock said.

Police say Brock has a history of stalking behavior. In addition to the new charges in Harlan and recent charges in Leslie County, police say he has had similar charges in the past in Harlan and Madison Counties.

"It's a recurring theme and it seems like it's getting worse with some escalations," said Thomas.

"I did nothing wrong. That's the truth," Brock said.

Harlan Police took Brock to the Harlan County Detention Center. Police say his bond is $5,000.

He is scheduled to appear in a Leslie County Courtroom next week for the charges there.
Update 4/15/14

Investigators plan to outline their case against a Harlan County man accused of stalking later this month during a preliminary hearing.

William Brock pleaded not guilty to stalking and criminal trespassing charges in Leslie County.

Deputies say they caught Brock parked near the Hyden Citizen's Bank Branch. Investigators say he was watching children outside of Stinnett Elementary School.

Court officials scheduled the hearing for April 29th.
Update 4/14/14

HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - William Brock of Harlan County is expected to enter a plea Tuesday.

Deputies arrested Brock last week on stalking and criminal trespassing charges.

They say he parked near the Hyden Citizen's Bank Branch and watched children outside of Stinnett Elementary School.

HYDEN, Ky (WYMT) - A man accused of spying on kids at a Leslie County elementary school is now in trouble with the law.

The Hyden Citizen's Bank branch office is about as close to the Stinnett Elementary School as you can get. So when employees noticed a strange car in their parking lot, they called the Leslie County Sheriff's Department.

Deputy Sam Mullins said his office can never be too careful when they get calls like this.

"People like that, you know, we do not know what is going on," said Mullins.

The mystery man's behavior did not help put investigators minds at ease.

"He was showing up, you know, at set times. He was showing up when preschool was letting out, when recess was going on, even when school was letting out. He was showing up at these times everyday," said Mullins.

At first, the stranger apologized to the elementary school's principal. Leslie County School's Superintendent Larry Sparks tells WYMT the man tried to convince school officials this was all a misunderstanding.

"There had been some sort of an issue but there was no harm intended," said Sparks.

However, when investigators found the man sitting in his car again on Tuesday looking at the elementary school, they asked him what he was doing. Mullins said the answer they got was peculiar.

"He made a comment, you know, that he liked the scenery and it really did not make any sense," said Mullins.

That is when deputies arrested William Brock of Harlan County. He faces stalking and criminal trespassing charges.

"We are just hopeful that will drive home the point of not being places where you have no business being and just giving everyone the peace of mind as far as the safety of our school and the safety of our community," said Sparks.

Deputy Mullins said Brock showed up at the school for about a month before his arrest.

He was taken to the Leslie County Detention Center but was released Wednesday.

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