Felony stalking charges against Mortenson are dismissed

Aaron Ray Mortenson, 28, Swanville, was convicted in Morrison County District Court of one misdemeanor count of harassment and violation of a restraining order. Dismissed against Mortenson was one felony count of stalking with a pattern of stalking; and one gross misdemeanor count each of stalking with intent to injure and stalking with harassment.

Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich said those three charges were dismissed because additional evidence was discovered that changed the case.

A Morrison County Sheriff’s officer spoke with the victim of the harassment Dec. 18, 2011. He was told that on the same day he and his girlfriend were intimidated while driving when Mortenson and several others drove their vehicle in front of him very slowly.

A witness who babysits the victim’s children told officers  Mortenson’s brother called the victim’s home and threatened the victim.

The victim said that in October 2011, Mortenson drove around his house daily and circled around him when he went into town. In November 2011, he was doing this about three times a week along with calling five to 20 times a day.

The victim also said Mortenson threatened his children through a text message.

Mortenson was sentenced to 45 days in jail and fined $135.