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Bedford man arrested for stalking high school girl

Jon Cooper (Photo provided/Lawrence County Sheriff's Office via Facebook)

BEDFORD, Ind. (WISH) — A 42-year-old Bedford man has been arrested for stalking and harassing a girl from Bedford North Lawrence High School, and police believe he may have been stalking students since the 1990s.

Police started investigating Jon Cooper after being notified of a Twitter account with posts directed toward the student.

Posts from the Twitter account not only included pictures of the student, but also her mother and grandmother from their high school days, along with other concerning posts.

The Twitter posts became more threatening and aggressive while police attempted to execute a search warrant on Twitter to obtain the account holder’s name, email, and phone number. Police obtained an emergency release of the information from Twitter on Tuesday, but there was no real name associated with the account or phone number.

On Wednesday, police pinpointed Cooper as the owner of the phone number and discovered his address after executing a search warrant on the phone carrier. Police also learned that a suspicious vehicle had been checked at BNL during a sporting event on Wednesday night. The car was identified as Cooper’s and witnesses identified him on school property.

On Thursday, police executed a search warrant on Cooper’s residence and arrested him.

Police found evidence of Cooper stalking multiple Bedford North Lawrence High School female students dating back to the 1990s. The search of the home also revealed that Cooper was in possession of multiple firearms.

Cooper was taken to the Lawrence County jail and charged with stalking, intimidation, and harassment.

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