ELLSWORTH TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – An Ellsworth Township man with a history of prison time, as well as his mother, are in custody, charged in what investigators say is a very complex stalking and harassment scheme.
Mahoning County Sheriff’s detectives and the Violent Crimes Task Force raided a home in Newton Falls Road Tuesday morning, arresting Jamie and Karen Longnecker.
Authorities say Jamie – who spent three years in prison on a previous stalking case — had been sending out harassing and often pornographic messages to a wide range of people. They said he often used the names and addresses of others on his return address labels, including businesses and the Columbiana County Treasurer’s Office.
Prosecutors say over the last eleven years, Longnecker, who is deaf and unable to speak, spent time in a mental health facility following his first arrest and about three years behind bars after his second.
“Yes, this is the third investigation involving him,” said Detective Pat Mondora. “No sooner did he get out, two months later we’re back into another investigation with the same focus, with the same family, same victims, the same mailings, the same threatening letters.”
During the raid, law enforcement searched nine buildings on Longnecker’s property and recovered electronic devices that will be analyzed.
Prosecutors say Jamie Longnecker is now charged with telecommunications harassment and Karen is charged with obstruction for lying to investigators.
Both are due in court later this week.
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