- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper stalked a woman while on duty in his patrol vehicle, according to evidence detailed by prosecutors.

Robert D. King, 31, has been charged with felony stalking, felony property destruction and misdemeanor protection order violation.

King had his first court appearance on Wednesday in Laramie County Circuit Court. Magistrate Ericka Smith set King’s bail at $5,000 cash, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported (https://bit.ly/2mToLk6 ).

King posted bail and was released on Thursday afternoon from the Laramie County Detention Center, according to a booking clerk.

King’s attorney, Alan Harding of Laramie, indicated in the hearing that King would waive his right to a preliminary hearing, which sends the case directly to Laramie County District Court for trial.

“Some, or all, of this is contested,” Harding said.

King has been on paid administrative leave from the patrol since Feb. 17 after the Cheyenne Police Department notified the patrol of an investigation involving King.

The woman involved had a protection order against King valid from March 1 to April 10, police said.

According to charging documents in the case, a GPS system installed in King’s patrol car showed that King frequently drove by woman’s house. They also accuse King of following the woman in his patrol car, keying a car outside her house and using his work computer to conduct a license plate check on a vehicle parked outside her house.

In addition, the woman reported that King called her cellphone 30 times one day and left enough voicemails to fill up her voicemail box.

Both felony counts King faces are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, and the misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $750 fine.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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