Westport man allegedly harassed Stamford school officials about his daughter
STAMFORD — A Westport man allegedly harassed Stamford Board of Education employees on multiple occasions regarding his young daughter.
Michael Ward, 49, of Riverside Avenue, was charged Tuesday with a dozen counts of harassment and Judge Bruce Hudock ordered he be held in lieu of a $250,000 court-appearance bond.
According to his two-page arrest affidavit, police were asked to assist to a complaint by the city board of education that Ward repeatedly contacted school district employees, demanding information on his daughter.
“The BOE (board of education) has been repeatedly pressured for information on a daily basis impeding their daily activities,” the arrest warrant said.
According to a civil order by a judge overseeing a custody case between Ward and the girl’s mother, Ward is not allowed to have any access to the child’s educational providers or attend any school events until he begins a program of intensive psychotherapy.
According to the arrest warrant, Ward called or emailed school employees a dozen times between July 26 and Sept. 20, seeking information on his daughter.
Ward emailed Superintendent of Schools Tamu Lucero and left a voicemail message for the special assistant to the superintendent complaining that people were dodging him.
On Friday, Ward was charged with criminal violation of a restraining order for allegedly trying to break into his ex-girlfriend’s downtown apartment on Nov. 24.
The woman said she noticed her name had been written in black sharpie on the left side of the elevator buttons, according to the Friday warrant. The woman said she recognized the writing as Ward’s which she compared to a handwritten document he had filed at the Stamford courthouse.
When the woman looked at footage from her video doorbell, she saw Ward had come to her door at 2:04 and 2:13 a.m. when he tried to open the door, the affidavit said. He was ordered held in lieu of a $250,000 court-appearance bond in that case and has not been released.
Ward is due back in court Jan. 7.