By: Najla Alexander
Authorities in Atlantic County announced that on Wednesday, September 20, John LeVance, 49, of Absecon, entered into an open guilty plea before the Honorable Jeffrey Wilson, J.S.C.
According to officials, the charges involve a four-count indictment charging him with third-degree stalking as a repeat offender, fourth-degree cyber harassment, fourth-degree contempt of a court order, and third-degree invasion of privacy.
Authorities say LeVance had been detained since January of 2023 following his arrest for stalking the victim since June 2022.
Following his plea, officials stated, the court released the defendant from the Atlantic County Justice Facility over the State's objection.
In June of 2022, LeVance was sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to assaulting the victim in a case from 2021, officials said.
Officials say he was ordered to have no contact with the victim as a condition of probation.
Only one day after LeVance was sentenced to probation in June of 2022, LeVance began contacting the victim again in violation of two separate court orders.
According to officials, the victim reported that she received dozens of unwanted and obscene phone calls, texts, emails, and social media contacts from LeVance from June 2022 until December 2022, when LeVance was finally located by police and arrested
Sentencing is scheduled for November 1, 2023, before Judge Wilson, officials said.
Officials stated LeVance faces a maximum of 10 years in prison following his plea to all charges against him.