Felony stalking, bigamy charges face Racine man after almost 3,000 calls

stalking

A 45-year-old Racine man faces 20 criminal charges, including a felony count of bigamy, in Racine County Circuit Court.

In addition to the bigamy count filed Friday, Juan A. Tirado faces a felony charge of stalking, a misdemeanor charge of making a false statement on a marriage license and 17 misdemeanor counts of knowingly violating a domestic abuse injunction.

The two felonies carry a total fine of $20,000 and seven years in prison. The 18 misdemeanors carry a total fine of $180,000 and 13 years, five months in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint: The Mount Pleasant Police Department began investigating the defendant after he contacted a woman multiple times by phone from the Racine County Jail, and through letters sent to her address.

In January, the woman obtained a domestic abuse restraining order against the defendant, which prohibited him having any contact. From July 9 to Aug. 24, the woman received 2,079 phone calls from the jail to her number, and from Aug. 24 to Sept. 14, she received 602 more, also from the jail.

At another hearing in September, a woman testified under oath that she married the defendant in 2007, and that the marriage had not been dissolved. The original complainant stated she married the defendant in 2017, and on the marriage license, Tirado stated that his previous marriage ended in divorce in 1998.

Tirado is due back in court Oct. 17 for a 9 a.m. preliminary hearing.

About Rex Davenport 251 Articles
Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.