Thrusday, December 31, 1998

Don't stalk, guard is ordered

Sheriff takes up case of women, mothers

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A Butler County Jail guard has been accused of stalking the girlfriend of her ex-husband and getting an inmate to call and threaten her.

        Judge Anthony Valen of Butler County Common Pleas issued stalking protection orders Tuesday against Officer Sherry Catron and her mother, Clela Compton, both of Middletown. The judge will hold a hearing Jan. 7 to determine whether permanent stalking protection orders should be issued.

        The temporary order prohibits Officer Catron and Mrs. Compton from being within two blocks of Cynthia Crain — who is dating Officer Catron's ex-husband — or her mother, Sue Crain. The order also prohibits them from contacting or encouraging anyone else to contact the two women.

        Sheriff Harold Don Gabbard on Wednesday began investigating the allegations.

        “I will be looking into it and try to find out what is going on,” he said. “If there is a violation, it will be dealt with.”

        No criminal charges have been filed.

        He and Chief Deputy Rick Jones said Officer Catron, who has worked for the sheriff's department for two years, has been a good employee and has had no disciplinary problems.

        A relative of Officer Catron and Mrs. Compton said Wednesday that no one wanted to comment.

        Cynthia Crain said in a petition for a protection order that on Aug. 31, Officer Catron had a county jail inmate call her at the Middletown home where she lives with her mother, Sue Crain.

        “An inmate and/or a male voice started describing my looks and my daily habits,” Cynthia Crain said, “when he started talking vulgar and I knew it would get worse so I just hung up.”

        She said Officer Catron bragged about this incident to her ex-husband, Jerry Catron.

        Cynthia Crain said Officer Catron threatened to use her position as a corrections officer to find out personal information about her.

        Cynthia Crain and her mother said in their petitions that Clela Compton has driven on their street and stopped in front of their house “day after day” since September.

        “This behavior is so blatant that the neighbors see it,” Cynthia Crain said. “She can drive down the street, but, my goodness, she does not have to make unnecessary stops in front of the house.”


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