Police: pilot who used plane to stalk woman, arrested again

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The man accused of stalking a Schuylerville woman using a small airplane is facing more charges after being arrested less than a week ago.

Michael Arnold, 65, was arrested for nine counts of criminal contempt. He is accused of violating an order of protection by sending messages from a fake Facebook account to the woman he’s also accused of stalking, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.

The messages were reportedly sent between May 30 and July 16, after the order of protection had been granted to Arnold’s alleged victim by a judge in Saratoga Town Court. These new charges are in addition to other charges for violation of the order of protection pending in both New York and Bennington, Vt.

Arnold was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 3 as he was driving into the William H. Morse State Airport in Bennington, based on a report from the Bennington Police.

Police said it was discovered Arnold was housing his 1976 Cessna 180 single engine airplane at the airport and that he was seen flying towards New York days earlier. Schuylerville is approximately 30 miles northwest of Bennington and the airport.

Arnold pled not-guilty in a Bennington Court Wednesday. He was ordered to stop flying any aircraft until Nov. 30, under the order of protection granted at the end of May.

Saratoga County Sheriff’s said Arnold was sent to Saratoga County Jail on $30k cash bail for the most recent charges and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Saratoga Court at a later date.