Saturday, August 1, 2015

N.J. man found guilty of using GPS more than 500 times to stalk ex-wife

Story Highlights
  • Paul W. Prince, 49, was found guilty Tuesday of stalking his ex-wife.
  • His ex-wife's brother discovered a tracking device hidden inside her car.
  • The GPS unit had been switched on 522 times in just over a month.

A Mullica Hill, N.J., man was found guilty Tuesday of stalking his ex-wife late last year with the help of a GPS device hidden inside her car.

Paul W. Prince, 49, activated the device more than 500 times in a month before his ex-wife's brother discovered the tracking device last November connected to the electronic system of the victim's car, according to Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.

The victim had already become suspicious when Prince would show up at the same places she was. He had also indicated through text messages that "he knew where she was," Gloucester County Prosecutor Staci Scheetz said in a statement.

The series of "wierd and bizarre things" — as the victim described the coincidences — began after Prince had taken her car to a repair shop and also coincided with the victim starting a new relationship, Scheetz said.

A New Jersey state trooper who investigated her complaint testified the GPS unit in her car had been switched on 522 times in just over a month.

Prince, who did not testify, claimed through his attorney there was no proof he installed or monitored the GPS device.  The jury took less than two hours to return a guilty verdict.

Superior Court Judge Paul R. Porreca scheduled sentencing on the fourth-degree crime for June 24.

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