- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - An eastern Pennsylvania man has been found guilty of stalking a young boy for over two years.

A Lehigh County jury on Thursday convicted 74-year-old Clyde Ruppel of stalking.

Prosecutors say the Allentown man sent the then-11-year-old boy love letters, watched him as he played and followed him to and from school starting in July 2013. The boy, now 13-years-old, testified this week that he felt scared when Ruppel stared at him.

Ruppel’s attorney says that while her client’s behavior may have been “weird” it wasn’t illegal.

Prosecutors argued that Ruppel’s actions escalated over the two years and said he would have eventually harmed the boy.

Ruppel faces a maximum of 2 ½ to 5 years. He is set to be sentenced on Nov. 17.

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