HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown man charged with stalking his estranged wife and tapping into her e-mail and phone accounts was granted a $300,000 fully secured bond in the case Tuesday during a Washington County Circuit Court bond review hearing.
Special Prosecutor Teresa Bean, a Frederick County assistant state's attorney assigned to the case, said James Stephen Ostmann Sr., 39, is being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center on a separate violation of protective order charge, which a jail spokesman confirmed.
Ostmann Sr., of 990 Monroe Ave., faces 13 charges, including stalking and illegal access to computers, for allegedly stalking Stephanie Ostmann between Aug. 1, 2005, and April 1, 2006.
Stephen Ostmann Sr., who had been held without bond in connection with the stalking case, and his friend, Ruth Sokolove, testified Tuesday before Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III about how his attitude has changed since his April 6 incarceration. Ostmann testified that he does not intend to harm his estranged wife.