SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office arrested a 30-year-old woman on Feb. 7 in connection to allegations that she stalked a police officer after a June 2016 traffic stop.
The San Augustine woman is accused of following him around town and sending him Facebook messages stating that she wanted to have sex and claiming he was the father of her child.
Hope Elisabeth McDaniel is still being held in the San Augustine County jail on a state-jail felony stalking charge. Her bail amount has been set at $5,000.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Monday, a San Augustine PD officer contacted SACSO Chief Deputy John Welch about a stalking incident that had occurred. The officer told the deputy that after he made a traffic stop on McDaniel on June 26, 2016, she started following him around town as he was working for the police department.
The San Augustine PD officer also started getting Facebook messages from McDaniel. In the messages, McDaniel said that she wanted to have sex with the officer and claimed that he was the father of her children, the affidavit stated. It got to the point that the officer blocked McDaniel from his Facebook profile.
In addition, the San Augustine PD officer's wife told him that she had received several messages from McDaniel that said the officer was the father of her children and that he harassed McDaniel every time he saw her.
Welch and the San Augustine PD officer both spoke to Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Jason Bridges, and he told them that McDaniel did the same thing to one of his deputies just after he was elected sheriff, the affidavit stated.
The San Augustine PD officer also spoke to Josh Moody, the investigator for the district attorney's office. Moody told him he would talk to McDaniel's attorney to get her to stop talking to the officer's family.
On Jan. 30, McDaniel allegedly showed up at the San Augustine Police Department to talk to the SAPD officer. According to the affidavit, McDaniel was told to leave the police department, and she did so.
At that point, the SAPD officer went to the sheriff's office to file charges against McDaniel.