It should have been apparent to Ronald Dale Ackers that his ex-girlfriend wants nothing to do with him. Even if she never used those exact words, the mere fact that she left him behind in Bedford, Texas while she established permanent residence in Jonesborough, Tennessee should have sent the message loud and clear.
Yet there he was on Friday when cops showed up, sitting in his vehicle on a small-town Tennessee Main Street just out of view of his former lover's new home.
The woman, who isn't named in a report by the Johnson County Press, had called police after arriving home and tracing the orange glow emanating from behind her bed to a digital recorder attached to her headboard. She spotted Acker a few minutes later snooping around another building on the property.
According to an affidavit, Acker explained to police that he'd driven from Bedford (the Johnson City Press puts the trip at 1,500 miles, but it's actually closer to 1,000), convinced his ex-girlfriend's landlord to let him into her place, and planted the recorder. The scratches on his arms and legs were from crawling around in her bushes, he said.
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He was arrested on charges of stalking and aggravated burglary and remains in the Washington County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.