Former GF of Accused TV Anchor Stalker Takes the Stand

When said that John Hart started getting creepy, she sought a restraining order, but was denied. Baltimore County authorities did not seem interested in prosecuting, she said.

But after he was accused of stalking a Philly TV Reporter, the police seemed more interested in her case. 

Selvage said that after she ended her relationship with Hart (after 3 dates)  a campaign of abusive calls and text messages, and the sabotage of her social media accounts and emails. 

KYW Reporter Erika von Tiehl knows the feeling, she claims Hart did the same things and more to her. 

The trail against Hart moves forward and Selvage took the stand against Hart. 

"What were your concerns?" asked Assistant District Attorney Lauren Katona.

"That there was another girl who did not have to endure what I had gone through," Selvage replied.

Selvage testified in the second day of the Common Pleas Court trial of Hart, 39, of Havertown, who is charged with stalking, harassment, and identity theft in an alleged campaign against von Tiehl in late 2011 after she ended their brief relationship.

Hart is not charged with any crimes involving his earlier relationship with Selvage. Rather, Katona has told the jury that Selvage's testimony would show a pattern of conduct by Hart that supported von Tiehl.

The similarities were striking, down to the women's appearance: tall and thin with blond hair. So was the conduct: Hart's unsolicited overture via Facebook; several dates, followed by the women rejecting Hart's pushing too hard for a long-term relationship; and a campaign of abusive calls, texts and interference with social media, emails and other personal accounts.

In court, Hart acted as if his former girlfriends did not exist. He scribbled notes on a legal pad, whispered into defense lawyer Jack McMahon's ear, and, during von Tiehl's testimony, rummaged for 10 minutes through an accordion file folder on the floor next to his chair.

McMahon has argued that there is no evidence Hart knew the passwords, Social Security numbers, and other personal information needed to disrupt the women's lives.

McMahon called "one-sided" Selvage's log of 74 abusive text messages from Hart on March 27, 2011, after she ended the relationship. The log contained only Hart's replies, not her side of the electronic communications.

McMahon noted that Selvage came forward only after detectives told her about Hart's arrest and the case against him.

Both women identified Hart's voice on recorded phone calls made to them after the breakups. Von Tiehl said Hart was the "Mickey Mouse-like" voice on a recorded call to Verizon trying to change her cellphone account.

Von Tiehl finished testifying earlier Tuesday. Like Selvage, she said she still feels the emotional impact of her relationship with Hart and is embarrassed to talk about it.

"I still worry about it and it's embarrassing, but someone has to stand up," she added.

H/T Philly Inquirer