Shell Knob man charged with stalking

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Suspect allegedly broke order of protection 8 times in 4 months

A Shell Knob man is charged with first-degree stalking after allegedly breaking an order of protection eight times in the past four months.

According to a probable cause report filed by Lt. Randy Kalbaugh, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Sean Hooten, 38, of Shell Knob, first violated the order on June 21. Since then, there have been seven more violations through Oct. 4.

Violations include harassing the victim through texts and showing up at the victim's house and having an altercation with the victim's brother in July.

In August, Hooten allegedly sent more texts, and in September, he allegedly entered a home and attempted to remove a child less than 12 years of age, then later called the victim using the jail phone.

From Oct. 2-4, he allegedly violated the order three times, once per day, by attempting contact via text, calls and Facebook messenger.

On Oct. 4, Kalbaugh said Hooten allegedly admitted by spontaneous utterance he had attempted to contact the victim via telephone because he was told she was tortured and killed by local authorities.

Kalbaugh said the continued harassment has caused the victim to suffer from sleep deprivation and anxiety.

Hooten is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $50,000. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for Oct. 9 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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