UPDATE: Monday, January 28, 2013
An Emporia man made his first appearance in court this afternoon after being arrested last week on various charges including stalking.
Monday Afternoon, 60-year-old Thomas Hebb was officially charged with 9 counts of stalking and 47 counts of promoting obscenity.
This comes after a lengthy investigation involving letters sent to more than 20 victims, both men and women.
Police said male victims received letters in reference to their wives or girlfriends. Some of the victims began receiving the letters in late 2011. Officers arrested Hebb last Tuesday.
Hebb's bond is set for $50,000 and he's scheduled to be arraigned on March 25th.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A 60-year-old Emporia man has been arrested following a long investigation into obscene letters sent to more than 20 men and women.
Emporia Police report that 60-year-old Thomas Hebb was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of 47 counts of stalking and 47 counts of promoting obscenity.
Authorities say the stalking investigation involved more than 20 men and women in Emporia and surrounding Lyon County. Police said male victims received letters in reference to their wives or girlfriends. Some of the victims began receiving the letters in late 2011.
"It's just nice that [the victims] can finally relax and not have to think that someone's following them around or watching them," said Lt. Edward Owens, Emporia Police.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation worked with Emporia Police and Lyon County deputies on the case. Investigators used video surveillance and handwriting samples to support a search warrant that led to Hebb's arrest.
Authorities are notifying victims of the arrest.
Hebb is expected to make his first court appearance next week.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.