Racine police say a 55-year-old man is behind bars after he knowingly violated an order of protection by hiring a private investigator to follow his ex.

Racine County Eye is not naming the man to protect the identity of the woman in this case.

The man was scheduled Monday to face a single felony count of stalking, four misdemeanor counts of bail jumping, and two misdemeanor counts of violating a domestic order. His initial appearance was postponed because he has private counsel.

If convicted, the man faces up to 7-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $70,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman obtained a restraining order earlier this month against the man, and the next day he hired private investigators to watch the woman. The P.I. team reported to investigators on Nov. 18 the man lied to them, telling them he did not have orders against him and that the man had been in the area of the woman’s home.

Police say the woman told them she is always on the move because she’s afraid of the man. He admitted to officers when he was taken into custody that he was fully aware of the restraining order against him.

The man remains in the Racine County Jail on a awaiting his initial appearance Tuesday.

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