Bond ponders bond reduction for man accused of stalking

Published 03/03 2014 07:22PM

Updated 03/03 2014 07:39PM

A judge is considering whether to reduce bond for a Dothan man accused of stalking business women. The attorney for Philip Van McArdle calls current bonds totaling more than $4-million excessive.

However, District Attorney Doug Valeska opposed any bond reduction noting that McArdle suffers mental issues and should be considered a threat to society.

McArdle is facing eight felony charges of stalking professional women. He is accused of using a prepaid cell phone to place the calls.

Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes, after McArdle’s arrest November 16, said the calls did not threaten physical violence but were of a harassing nature and made the victims fearful. “He was just expressing to these women what kind of sexual acts he wanted to do with them,” Hughes said.

The sheriff estimated that over a dozen women had been targeted by McArdle in calls that may have dated back to 2007. Most of the alleged victims are businesswomen in the Dothan area. WDHN/Dothan First, as a matter of policy, does not identify victims of such crimes.

In addition to the eight indictments, McArdle is accused of 11 counts of second degree stalking, misdemeanors under Alabama law. He was also indicted on a firearm violation.

A ruling from Houston County Circuit Judge Brad Mendheim is expected later this week. An earlier request to reduce McArdle’s bond was denied by District Judge Benjamin Lewis.

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