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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, May 6, 2019 1 week ago

Volusia judge grants Heather Post's injunction against Deltona cyberstalker

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Alvin Mortimer is still allowed to attend County Council meetings. He has to stay 25 feet away from Post.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Volusia County Councilwoman Heather Post was granted a stalking injunction on April 25, against a Deltona resident on grounds of previous harassment, cyber-stalking and threats toward her and her family. 

In the injunction petition filed on April 5, Post stated that Alvin Mortimer had posted comments on her Facebook within the last five days that constituted cyber-stalking, listing some such as "Let's meet killer. Let's talk," "Civil or public. I'm her baby and her creation. She approached me and offered help," and "I have snapped and DGAS anymore. My name doesn't matter. My cause does."

She also detailed comments directed to her husband, where Mortimer wrote "I'm a lover not a fighter, Randy. Ask Heather, she knows ... She wasn't even my representative and still had to see daddy."

Post stated that Mortimer has "severe public disdain for law enforcement and political officials, of which [Post and her husband] are both," and that she feared for her safety as Mortimer was unpredictable.

“This is a very serious issue for any stalking victim, and I don’t think that it should be minimized," Post said. "It’s a clear concern.”

She said the stalking went beyond the Facebook posts, as she had a series of physical encounters with Mortimer that escalated in the days before she filed the petition. Mortimer also has a criminal record, having been arrested 10 times since 2002.

The injunction states that Mortimer can't have any direct or indirect contact with Post, including in person, by mail, e-mail or through a second person. He's also not allowed within 500 feet of her home. 

Mortimer is not barred from attending county council meetings, though he is required to stay at least 25 feet away from Post. 

“He’s allowed to speak on county issues, but not about me specifically," Post said.

Post said it's important to note why stalking statutes are in place, and considers this a safety issue. She said she believes the fact the judge granted the injunction helps to point out to the County Council chair that some of Mortimer's past behavior during public discussion didn't follow policy. 

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