A 50-year-old Rice Lake man who sent three letters and a package to a 15-year-old girl who attended the school he formerly worked at, causing her emotional distress, has been charged with felony stalking.
A criminal complaint against Craig D. Anderson was filed Tuesday, March 12. Anderson appeared in court and was released on a $2,500 signature bond with conditions he not contact the girl, her parents, their residence or the Rice Lake high School.
According to the complaint, Anderson was a paraprofessional at the Rice Lake High School and had resigned on Nov. 7, 2018. The girl told officers that Anderson was in her classroom when she was getting help with school work during her freshman year and they talked often. She said her schedule changed but she said Anderson began showing up to classes and people began noticing.
The girl told officers she first felt uncomfortable when Anderson allegedly gave her a card in June 2018, that read “Luvs U!!” “You are loved,” and said these were things he said to his children.
The girl said Anderson also made comments about a hole in her leggings and one time put his hand on her knee where the hole was, which made her uncomfortable.
The girl’s parents said she had been mailed three letters and a package from the man. The first one was mailed after Anderson had resigned and was received before Thanksgiving 2018. It stated he was not mad at her for being the reason he lost his job, that he said he wanted to continue tutoring her and he wanted them to be friends.
On Jan. 17, the parents intercepted another letter from Anderson. In it, he said he hoped she would be his friend again and included an Disney World luggage tag engraved with the girl’s initials.
On March 7, the parents intercepted a letter and a package allegedly sent by Anderson. In it was some candy and the eight-page letter. The letter allegedly said he blamed the girl for allowing him to get “too close” and said “I will likely still send you stuff until I no longer feel the need to.”
The girl and her parents told officers that she no longer felt safe in her own home and felt as if the man was watching her all the time. She did not want to be left alone, even for short periods of time.
The girl told officers she didn’t know what Anderson’s intentions were and she feared she would be taken away by the man and her family hurt.
Anderson allegedly told police in an interview that he thought about the girl every day around the time they met in school regularly. He also allegedly admitted to sending the March 7 package and letter, adding he drove by her house before it was delivered.
On the charge of stalking, Anderson faces a maximum sentence of $10,000 and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.
Anderson is scheduled to appear in court on April 23, for a preliminary hearing.