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Tyler Leighton, accused of stalking, texted ex while headed to hospital for evaluation

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Mar 11 2013 01:35:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 06 2013 07:01:39 AM CST
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PLAINFIELD TWP., Pa. -

A man accused of stalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend since their break-up last week continued to text her while he was being taken to the hospital for an evaluation, officials said.

Tyler J. Leighton used phone calls, text message and other social media about 500 times to contact a juvenile living in the 500 block of Batts Switch Road, Plainfield Twp., Northampton Co., since he broke up with the girl on Feb. 25, officials said.

Leighton parked his car in the driveway of the girl's home around 9 p.m. Feb. 26, and the girl's brother spotted Leighton walking behind a garage when he returned home from work about an hour later, officials said.

Leighton, who was crying and upset, would not leave the property until the brother threatened to call 911, officials said, adding that the brother drove Leighton to his home on Church Road, Pen Argyl, Northampton Co.

After the girl's mother texted Leighton to stop harassing her daughter, Leighton texted back that he was suicidal and had taken pills and was going to shoot himself, officials said.

When police arrived at Leighton's home, he denied making the comment about suicide or taking pills, but he agreed to go to the hospital for an evaluation, officials said.

Officers warned Leighton not to have any more contact with the girl or her family, but while Leighton was en route to the hospital, the girl called police to say Leighton was texting her from the ambulance, officials said.

Leighton, 19, was arraigned Monday night on charges of stalking, loitering and prowling, harassment and disorderly conduct and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $8,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. March 14.