Jennifer Garner Stalker Arrested for Restraining Order Violation
It was too close for comfort when an accused Jennifer Garner stalker showed up at the nursery school where her daughter is enrolled.
CBS/AP reports, that Steven Burky is in police custody in Los Angeles for an alleged restraining order violation.
He was arrested for allegedly violating a restraining order that prevents him from coming within 100 yards of Garner, who is married to Ben Affleck.
The couple's daughter Violet attends the nursery where Burky was arrested. He is being held on $150,000 bail at the Santa Monica Jail, police said.
As previously discussed, other celebrities including Justin Timberlake and ESPN's Erin Andrews, to name just two, have also had to obtain restraining orders against crazed fans and stalkers.
In November 2008, Garner was granted the restraining order against Burky after she told the court she believed he posed a threat to her and her family.
Last year, the "Alias" star said that Burky's bizarre behavior dates back to 2002, and on at least one occasion, he appeared at her house.
In a sworn statement, the actress said she believed Burky's "obsessive, threatening and stalking behavior" posed a threat to her and her family.
After a temporary restraining order was issued in November, the alleged Jennifer Garner stalker was picked up by cops and was sent for psychiatric observation.
He was not charged with any crime at that time.
In California, a restraining order can be valid for up to 10 years.
In every state, stalking is a relatively new crime now on the books. Typically, it is defined as intentional, repeated following of a person for the purpose of harassing the person with express or implied threats of violence or death.
The process of getting a restraning order, then waiting to punish the stalker after a restraining order violation, has frustrated many stalking victims.
- Jennifer Garner wins restraining order against creepy stalker (New York Daily News)
- Jennifer Garner feared mental patient who stalked her - court papers (New York Daily News)
- California Stalking Laws (FindLaw)
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