St. Paul man charged with violating restraining order

Walter Lee Hale, 28, St. Paul, was charged May 13 with four felony counts of violating a harassment restraining order by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

On Jan. 18, a harassment restraining order was filed against Hale in Morrison County by a victim allegedly abused by him. The order was effective until Sept. 17.

On April 8 – 9, the victim provided the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office with copies of three e-mails sent by Hale, threatening to have the victim’s 7-month-old child put in foster care.

On April 9, the victim provided law enforcement with a fourth e-mail from Hale stating “someone will be going to ur grandparents and ur place prob this weekend.”

On April 22, the victim brought another e-mail to the sheriff’s office sent by Hale April 21, asking that he be called and saying, “im going to be going up to ur place and getting all my stuff …”

In addition to the five e-mails, Hale’s Twitter account shows numerous tweets directed at the victim or the child. They were written Feb. 26, two on April 7, and one on April 9.

A review of Hale’s criminal record showed three prior convictions for domestic violence-related offenses. He was convicted of malicious punishment of a child Dec. 16, 2009 and of fifth degree assault Dec. 27, 2011.

If convicted, Hale faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.