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Dothan man indicted on charges he stalked women

Sheriff Andy Hughes said over a dozen women had been targeted by McArdle in calls that may have dated back to 2007.
A Dothan man has been indicted on eight felony charges of first degree stalking. A Houston County grand jury found there is enough evidence against Philip Van McArdle to take the cases to trial.

McArdle, 50, is accused of using a prepaid cell phone to place calls to women in the Dothan area. 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 judge recently denied a request to reduce McArdle’s bond that exceeds $4-million and he remains jailed. Trial is scheduled in March 31, 2014.

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