A man convicted of stalking a "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" star was ordered to pay the actress $42,000 in restitution for scaring her, reports the New York Post.
Charles Nagel, who was convicted of stalking actress Kathryn Erbe, was also sentenced to five years’ probation, according to the report.
Nagel was a fan of the popular "L&O" series, and he tried to create a friendship with Erbe, sending her messages that said he was her "greatest fan in the world." In 2008 he drove his wife and children from their Philadelphia home to New York to visit filming locations for the show, the piece notes.
According to the report: “Nagel shared his feelings for the actress with other fans online, Brooklyn federal prosecutors say, writing, ‘I want to look in her eyes and make love,’ and, ‘Kathryn is everything, and everything is Kathryn.’"
Prosecutors argued that things grew darker, with Nagel becoming a stalker, the story says. Erbe cried on the stand when she testified how he had posted a photo online of her 14-year-old daughter, doctored to show a cockroach on the girl’s face and a dialog bubble reading, "I’m ugly," the piece adds.
Nagel denied he had malicious intentions. But Judge Jack Weinstein said Nagel’s actions harmed both Erbe and Nagel’s own family. "The evidence was clear — this woman was terrified. Her child was terrified. It seems to me the evidence was overwhelming," Weinstein said.
Nagel pleaded guilty in 1996 to the sexual assault of a young girl in Philadelphia, the story adds.
In the latest case, he reportedly got credit for time served while awaiting trial, including 115 days in jail and 380 days of house arrest.