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updated: 9/27/2012 6:59 PM

St. Charles man charged with stalking

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Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie declined to set the $350,00 bond prosecutors requested for a St. Charles man charged with stalking a Schaumburg resident.

Instead, Marisie set two bonds totaling $300,000 for 38-year-old Robert Klopp, who was serving two years' conditional discharge for misdemeanor disorderly conduct when he was arrested on charges of slashing the tires on the victim's car.

Marisie ordered Klopp, of the 100 block of Walnut Drive, held on $100,000 bond for violating the terms of his conditional discharge. She also ordered him held on $200,000 bond on the new charge of aggravated stalking, a felony punishable by three to seven years in prison. Probation is also available.

Both cases involve the same victim, who has filed a total of 17 police reports against Klopp, said Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Walsh.

On Aug. 18, 2012, the victim and a neighbor observed Klopp taking photos of the victim's house, Walsh said. Two days later, Klopp was observed looking into the windows of the victim's house and was arrested. He posted bond and was ordered to have no contact with the victim, Walsh said.

He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct earlier this month and was sentenced to conditional discharge. The court again ordered Klopp to have no contact with the victim, Walsh said.

On Sept. 21, the "the victim observed the defendant slashing his tires," said Walsh. The police arrived and saw a man matching Klopp's description dive into bushes, Walsh said. Klopp on Wednesday turned himself in to Schaumburg police.

Marisie noted that the stalking allegations against Klopp include"surveillance, phone calls and violent behavior toward an object."

"This is clearly not a chance meeting," she said.

Klopp next appears in court on Oct. 19.

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