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Man indicted on charges he stalked ex-wife for five years

A 49-year-old Phoenix, Ariz., man was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on charges he stalked a Maryland woman.

David Charles Richards threatened to kill the woman and used the Internet, telephone, the U.S. Postal Service and email to stalk her from December 2006 to November 2011, according to an indictment announced by Maryland's U.S. attorney, Rod J. Rosenstein, and FBI special agent Richard A. McFeely.

Richards and the victim were married in July 1991 and lived in Anne Arundel County, according to Rosenstein's office. Within 10 weeks of their marriage, Richards told the victim that he had been arrested for assault and the victim told Richards to leave the residence and that she was going to seek a divorce.

Richards and the victim met and began dating when the victim was 15 and Richards was 25, according to court documents. The relationship was allegedly physically abusive, the documents say.

The two had not had contact for nearly 15 years until Richards contacted the victim's sister in June 2006 to tell her that he would stay connected to the victim and would never stop as, "he has reclaimed his wife as of today," according to court papers.

Richards, who has been detained, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

ywenger@baltsun.com

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