Multiple Phone Calls, Threatening Messages Lead to Stalking Charge
By Jacob Mathias
A Stevens Point man faces a felony stalking charge after allegedly threatening to expose compromising photos and break the jaw of a woman with whom he’d previously had a relationship.
Kurt Wilkinson, 50, is charged with felony stalking, which carries a maximum sentence of up to a $10,000 fine, three years and six months imprisonment or both if convicted. The defendant made his initial appearance in Portage County Circuit Court on July 11.
According to court documents, on May 9 a woman met with Stevens Point police to report receiving threatening text messages from Wilkinson. She said the defendant was threatening to post pictures of her of a sexual nature at her workplace.
The victim told police she’d moved in next to a relative of Wilkinson’s the year before, and they eventually began dating, during which time Wilkinson took the photos. She also told police she sent him some photos of her own. The couple then had a falling out, and told him she no longer wanted to speak with him.
Officers report viewing multiple threatening messages from Wilkinson on the woman’s phone.
When officers spoke with Wilkinson, he told police he had no plans to actually publicly post the pictures but was “just playing head games” with the woman, saying he would delete the photos in his possession and refrain from contacting the woman.
The following day the woman contacted police again to report she’d received six calls within 10 minutes from a restricted number and one from Wilkinson shortly thereafter. She also reported someone had keyed the passenger door of her car, and had recently observed Wilkinson near the car.
When officers spoke with the defendant he claims the woman stole from him and called her own phone repeatedly to make it appear as if he’d called her. He denied any knowledge about the scratches on her car.
Further investigation uncovered six voicemail messages from Wilkinson that coincided with the calls received by the woman. When asked about the messages, the defendant only nodded in agreement without saying anything.
The woman also told police on an unspecified date she had seen Wilkinson walk up her driveway, see her in the window and give her the middle finger. She said she was scared of Wilkinson and felt unsafe in her home.
On June 3 the victim called police again to report that Wilkinson had driven by her house and throw two marbles through her windows. Police observed holes in the windows and the marbles on the floor.
On June 5 the victim received a letter from the defendant.
“This was [illegible writing]. Look at camera to see who dropped it off.” Written on the outside of the envelope was “Don’t think your little window camera that works with your phone will keep you safe. I’ll prove it.”
There was a picture inside that appeared to be printed off the computer of her in a sexually compromising position. The note also threatened to “break her jaw” for calling the police.
Police then arrested Wilkinson at his home.
Wilkinson is currently free on a $2,500 cash bond. He returns to court on Aug. 1 for a preliminary hearing.