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Date of Issue: April 26, 2007

Bradenton Beach employee arrested for stalking

James E. Harris Jr., 46, of the 4500 block of 70th Street West, Bradenton, was arrested by Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies for stalking. The arrest occurred April 18 at about 10:30 p.m.

Deputies say Harris was seen watching the unnamed victim for several days and leaving notes of a sexual nature on the victim's work truck.

Two of the notes that were left on the victim's truck were taken into custody as evidence and the notepad that one of the notes was written on was found inside Harris' home.

During the investigation, Harris allegedly admitted to writing the notes and leaving them on the victim's truck. Both parties said they do not know one another.

Harris, an employee of the Bradenton Beach public works department, was charged with one count of stalking.