A 39-year-old Hagerstown man was being held without bond Friday night at the Washington County Detention Center on charges he has stalked his estranged wife since August 2005, followed her and tapped into her e-mail accounts, according to court documents.
James Stephen Ostmann, of 990 Monroe Ave., is charged with one count each of stalking, harass; a course of conduct, following another person with the intent to harass and violating an exparte/protective order, according to charging documents. He is also charged with nine counts of illegal access to computers for allegedly tapping into Stephanie Ostmann's e-mail accounts and computer information, documents state.
He was being held without bond Friday night at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokesman said.
On April 4, Washington County Sheriff's Department investigators searched James Ostmann's Toyota pickup truck and allegedly found binoculars, a "blue 'neck gator', blue 'beanie' ski hat, three green work gloves, a CB antenna and a Bearcat 210 CB." About 10 feet of rappelling rope, a sledgehammer, claw hammer and nine "love notes/cards between the Ostmanns dated from 1998 to 2004" were also allegedly uncovered, according to court documents.