The Racine County District Attorney’s Office filed felony stalking charges against an Illinois man after he stalked his former girlfriend for nine months.

Roger Latimer, 54, of Villa Park Il, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office Friday with two felony counts of stalking (repeat offender). If convicted of both charges, he faces up to 15 years in prison and/or fines up to $20,000.

Stalking charges filed

According to the criminal complaint, Latimer had been showing up to his former girlfriend’s home “unwanted and unannounced.”

When they started dating in 2015, Latimer tried to talk her into buying a gun for him. The woman told police she was uncomfortable with doing that.  During a domestic disturbance, Latimer showed police a pornographic photo of the woman’s three-year-old son. He left Illinois and fled to Massachusetts. Police there arrested him on the child pornography charge and for fighting with a police officer. A Lake County judge found Latimer guilty of possessing child pornography in 2017.

The woman cut off all contact with Latimer because she feared for her and her son’s safety. Released from prison in 2018, Latimer found the woman. He has called her, sat in his vehicle near her home and come to her door several times.

“He has come to her door on many occasions and has had police come to the residence because he reported stolen items being inside the house,” the complaint reads. “She said that she has previously given him some of her own property, bicycle seats, and parts when he came to her door just so he would leave her alone.”

The officer confronted Latimer about the stolen grill, which prompted the call on March 8. He told them he “had a friend check for the grill.”

Future court activity

Racine County Judge Mark F. Nielsen issued a warrant for Latimer’s arrest on March 21. Police picked up Latimer on Wednesday. A future court date has not scheduled in the court records.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.