PLAINVILLE – An Ansonia man has pleaded not guilty to harassing and stalking a Plainville woman.
Jeffrey Behrmann, 31, appeared Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, where prosecutors enhanced one of the charges against him.
State prosecutor Jacob Pezzulo modified a second-degree stalking charge to first-degree stalking. He said this was based on a prior stalking conviction Behrmann has on his record.
Behrmann now faces two counts of first-degree stalking and single counts of second-degree harassment, first-degree criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct. He pleaded not guilty to all charges on Tuesday.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Behrmann was appointed public defender Alfonzo Sirica, who said his client is likely to face a violation of probation charge as a result of his most recent arrest. According to the state’s judicial website, Behrmann received probation last year as part of a sentence connected to a stalking conviction. He is being held on $75,000 bond and is due back in court on July 25.
Behrmann, who was arrested on June 8, allegedly hacked a Plainville woman’s Instagram account and used it to send a provocative photo to someone, posing as the victim and spreading rumors that she had a sexually transmitted disease, according to the police report.
He also allegedly used her house key to get into her home and leave her love letters after their relationship had ended, the report said. Upon being told by police to stay away from the woman, investigators say, Behrmann returned and left plants and other items on the back porch.
According to the police report, the woman had ended her relationship with Behrmann after finding out that he had previously been arrested for possession of child pornography.
According to court documents, he was arrested in 2016 on possession of child pornography and other charges. His arrest came after he allegedly posted on the internet nude photos of an ex-girlfriend, a Bristol woman, from when she was 15 years old.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.