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Florida man stalks state attorney general. She asks judge to keep him away.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Bondi on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Bondi on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. AP

Florida’s attorney general tells a judge she has a stalker, one who peeks through the windows of her Tampa home and sends her unsolicited text messages expressing his appreciation for her “physical attributes.”

Pamela Jo Bondi filed a petition in Hillsborough Circuit Court, asking that 51-year-old William Norman Wilkes be kept away.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

It is terrifying when a man tries to enter your home in the middle of the night. I do not plan to discuss this personal matter further.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

“It is terrifying when a man tries to enter your home in the middle of the night,” Bondi told the Tampa Bay Times in an emailed statement. “I do not plan to discuss this personal matter further.”

Bondi called 911 after Wilkes began banging on her door about 3 a.m. on March 19, according to her petition and an arrest report. Video surveillance captured his conduct, but he fled before police arrived.

Wilkes returned the morning of April 22, but he was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper on a security detail for Bondi, according to an FHP report.

“You guys probably have my prints from when I was here the other night,” he responded, according to the court filing. He was taken into custody under the state’s Baker Act, which allows for mental evaluation of people who appear likely to harm themselves or others.

On the afternoon of April 27, Wilkes tried to call Bondi’s personal mobile phone using Facebook Messenger, she wrote in the court petition. When she rejected the call, he sent text messages.

“Mrs. Bondi,” he wrote, according to the arrest report. “May we get married soon.”

“Your [sic] more beautiful than I ever remember — how dat happen ... I am in love.”

Wilkes was arrested April 29 at Good Samaritan Inn, a rooming house in Tampa Heights. He is currently in the Hillsborough County Jail, facing charges of trespassing and stalking, among others.

Wilkes has served prison time for burglary and other crimes.

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