Former highway patrol officer charged with cyberstalking
By Brian Seay
William P. Elschlager, right, listens to the judge during his arraignment on Wednesday. (Photo: Hannah Kittle/Parkersburg News and Sentinel)
A former Ohio State Highway Patrol lieutenant was arrested and charged last week with cyberstalking and deprivation of rights under color of law.
William P. Elschlager, 48, started having an affair with the wife of a colleague beginning in April 2015. By September, he started “being creepy,” according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of Ohio.
It started when the victim, identified in a criminal complaint only as A.D.B., found a ball of what she believed to be her hair in his bathroom drawer, and photos of herself from social media in a folder on his iPad.
During the affair, A.D.B. would take naps at Elschlager’s home. One time she woke up to him taking photos of her. She told authorities she later found other photos of her napping, and that in some instances, she didn’t know he was home during the naps. Sometime in October 2015, she told Elschlager she didn’t want to see him anymore.
That’s when the alleged stalking began.
After ending things with him, A.D.B. started a relationship with a new man, identified in court documents