WORTHINGTON — A man is in police custody on charges of stalking after he allegedly made contact last week with a person whom he's been ordered on multiple occasions not to contact.
A reporting party told police Feb. 10 that Chol Pael, 40, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was at the home of a victim involved in several previous criminal cases. The victim also said he had been at their residence.
Pael is subject to an Order for Protection (requested by the victim) filed last May and a Domestic Abuse No Contact Order (imposed by the court) filed last month, both in relation to the same victim. He has been convicted three times of domestic violence toward the same victim within the last five years.
Pael was arrested and charged with three felonies: stalking, OFP violation and DANCO violation. The most serious charge, stalking, carries a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. If he's convicted, he will be sentenced based on criminal history.
He is being held in Nobles County Jail on bail set at $20,000 with conditions or $40,000 without.
The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help, contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 1-800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org.