Mixup causes man accused of stalking teacher to miss court

Mixup causes man accused of stalking teacher to miss court hearing

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Darren Shey Long (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Darren Shey Long (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

MARYVILLE (WATE) - A Lenoir City man accused of stalking a woman and scaring her so much that she had to take a leave of absence from her job was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Darren Shey Long didn't show up for his hearing, but he probably won't need a written excuse. Blount County court officials didn't know Long was being housed in the Knox County Jail.

Long, 44, was arrested Saturday after he turned himself in to Alcoa authorities.

He was supposed to appear Thursday in Blount County Sessions Court for an arraignment hearing on a charge of violating an order of protection. When he didn't show up the judge said he would issue an arrest warrant.

Court officials are now updating their paperwork and a new court date will be set.

Long is accused of stalking a Knox County school teacher. The woman said she was worried for her life and the safety of her students after getting death threats from Long.

Until he turned himself in Saturday, police had been unable to track him down.

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