Man faces 14 counts of stalking young girls

Other times, Brad S. Stoffer, 48, would open the phone book, call a number and ask to speak with the daughter of whomever answered, police say.

Its a pattern that started in 2011, leaving the children and their parents in constant fear, according to court documents filed Friday in Allen Superior Court.

One family bought a gun in case the man who called himself Mike on the phone showed up at the house. Another family installed an expensive security system.

Parents of a girl allegedly contacted by Stoffer in 2016 said their church took extra security precautions and installed cameras in a hallway.

“You as parents are there to protect your kids, and this just takes it out of your hands” the mother of one of the girls told a Fort Wayne police detective Oct. 7, a probable cause affidavit states. “Im fearful myself and I cant let her know that. My husband, hes angry. I think it just took her innocence away, and Im angry about that.”

Stoffer, of the 7000 block of Lismore Lane, is charged with 14 counts of felony stalking. He is being held at the Allen County Jail on $350,000 bond, court records show.

Police say he made many of the calls to girls from a gas station payphone. Stoffer also drove to a gym where the girls practiced and watched them through windows, the affidavit alleges.

Detectives sought a search warrant in September for his Facebook page and found searches for the girls, according to court documents. He searched for some more than 50 times, police said.  

In phone calls, Stoffer said his name was Mike or “Coach Mike,” investigators said. He allegedly told one girl in 2013 he had seen pictures of her and kept repeating that she looked nice in her leotard.

Police traced the phone calls to a gas station and set up a camera, which captured Stoffer and his 2005 Honda Accord, the affidavit states. Police said they also caught him looking in windows at the gym.

“You think youre only doing it a little bit, but over the years I guess its a lot,” he said, according to the affidavit.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A Fort Wayne man has been charged with stalking young girls for years, allegedly regularly making phone calls and watching them at sports practices.

Brad S. Stoffer, 48, was charged Friday in Allen Superior Court with 14 counts of felony Stalking, 11 of which included allegations he threatened sexual battery causing serious bodily injury or death. Numerous protection orders were served to Stoffer, as well.

The probable cause affidavit tells the stories of several victims who were minors during the time incidents. The girls reported getting phone calls from a man who called himself "Mike" or "Uncle Mike" at times, the affidavit said.

In an interview, Stoffer apparently told a police detective he went by "Mike" when making phone calls.

Other common threads in the incidents include telling the girls, often gymnasts, that they had great bodies and they look good in their leotards, and asking about other girls who may be friends. 

According to the document, Stoffer alluded several times to watching girls compete and practice. A man was spotted watching practice from his car in one instance.

Most information of what schools and addresses were involved were removed from the affidavit, but in one report, Stoffer reportedly asked a girl, "you go to Leo, right?"

WISH-TV's sister station WANE has also learned Stoffer was a frequent supporter of Blackhawk Christian athletics.

Several parents filed police reports during the time period, telling police of phone calls. More than one family installed security systems at their homes, telling police they were worried knowing if he found their phone number, he could find their addresses, the affidavit said.

Multiple parents told police they would stay at gymnastics practices instead of just dropping off their children. 

In one incident, a family found a stuffed teddy bear in their driveway the same day one of the phone calls was made to their home, according to the affidavit.

Police obtained a warrant for Stoffer's Facebook page. He apparently searched all of the victims' names, some more than 50 times, the affidavit said.

WANE found a Facebook page with his name and picture. It shows several photos with him and school-aged children. 

Police tracked down some of the phone calls to payphones at gas stations in the northeast part of Fort Wayne. In one instance, video showed a car that matched the description of Stoffer's own vehicle.

In the interview with police, Stoffer told the detective he called homes and "probably asked to speak with their daughters," the affidavit said. 

He also claimed that he would ask if they had boyfriends, but never said anything sexual. He added that the calls started around 10 years ago, according to the affidavit.

He told police, "you think you're only doing it a little bit but over the years, I guess it's a lot," the affidavit said.

Stoffer was arrested and booked into Allen County Lockup Thursday. His bond is $25,000 per count – totaling $350,000.

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