Registered sex offender charged with stalking Maryville woman

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - A Corryton man, who is also a registered sex offender in Union County, was arrested this week after deputies say he stalked a Maryville woman on several different occasions in December.

Paul Chiarovano, 53, was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated stalking, violating an order of protection and violating restrictions of federal probation. An alleged accomplice, Melissa Carden, 51, was also arrested and charged with stalking.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office says on December 12, a 52-year-old Maryville woman reported Chiarovano was stalking her at her home, as well as via phone calls and texts. While deputies were taking the report, they say Chiarovano drove by the house. Deputies gave him a no trespass warning and the victim filed an order of protection.

On December 26, deputies were again called to the woman's home. She said she had been receiving harassing texts from a man who said he was Chiarovano's uncle. She also said a woman in a silver vehicle had been following her.

Deputies made contact with the woman, who they say lied about why she was in Blount County. The woman, identified as Carden, finally admitted Chiarovano asked her to follow and stalk the victim. She was taken into custody.

Deputies then issued warrants for Ciarovano and he was arrested on Thursday. He has a lengthy criminal history for sex-related and other crimes over the years and was on federal probation for a prior federal charge.


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