Michael Bernhardt, 47, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with using his computer to make a threatening or obscene message, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver near a school, maintaining a drug trafficking place, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
If Bernhardt is convicted of all charges, he faces up to 36 years in prison and fined up to $37,500 because he was charged as a repeat offender.
According to the criminal complaint, Bernhardt’s neighbor called the Caledonia Police after she saw that he tried to add her as a Facebook friend, posted photos of her family and made lewd comments about them. The neighbor told police that Bernhardt had been harassing her family for quite some time and she feared for her family’s safety.
The woman placed bubble wrap on her window so he could not see into her home. She told police Bernhardt would sit with his motorcycle and “loudly” rev his engine. He also took unwarranted photos of her family and accused her of having sex with him, the complaint reads.
Officers arrested Bernhardt at his home. When they arrived, the garage door lifted up. Bernhardt stood in the garage wearing his robe and holding his lawn chair and laptop computer. During the arrest, police had to get him pants because he was only wearing a robe at the time. When they went inside the home, the officer said he saw a marijuana grow operation in the basement.
Once police obtained a search warrant, they went inside the house and found 23 marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia and dried marijuana throughout the home.
At his initial appearance, Racine County Court Commissioner John Bjelajac set a cash bond of $10,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Racine County Courthouse.