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Ex-girlfriend refuses cash to drop protective order

Adam Frank

Adam Frank

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Updated: December 29, 2012 6:10AM

A Grayslake man who offered to pay his ex-girlfriend $1,000 if she dropped an order of protection against him pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of aggravated stalking.

Adam Frank, 28, remains custody at Lake County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond, awaiting a Dec. 28 trial, following his arraignment in Lake County Circuit Court.

He is charged with communicating with a witness, aggravated stalking, witness harassment, criminal trespassing to a residence and violating an order of protection, according to court documents.

The woman, a Lake Villa resident, sought the emergency order of protection against Frank in September.

She alleged he harassed her and intimidated her 3-year-old child, according to court documents.

Frank was ordered Sept. 25 to stay at least 500 feet away from the woman.

She described multiple incidents in August and September in which Frank was sending her text messages describing “exactly what I was I doing and threatening me,” the woman said in her complaint.

She described Frank reporting to her, via text, about what she was doing inside her house, what time she arrived home from shopping and expressed anger that she had friends over.

The order of protection was extended through Feb. 5, 2013, at a hearing earlier this month.

Frank was arrested after he approached the woman Oct. 16 with his offer to drop the order of protection when she was on her way to the gym.

When the incident occurred, he was free on bond from two previous battery charges, court records show.

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