A 61-year old O’Neill man appeared in Holt County Court on July 18 in connection to harassment charges.

Dennis C. Cullen was charged with stalking, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and violating a harassment protection order, a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Judge James J. Orr sentenced the defendant to two days in Holt County Jail with credit for two day served and 12 months probation.

Cullen also was ordered to pay $390 in court costs, probation fees and other fees. 

According to court documents, Cullen was arrested Jan. 18 by the Holt County Sheriff’s Office for violating a protection order issued through Holt County District Court on Oct. 1, 2018 banning the defendant from making contact with the victim.

In an affidavit, the victim stated the defendant had hand delivered anonymous letters and packages. The victim also reported Cullen had come to their home. When contact was made by local law enforcement, Cullen was reminded he was not welcome on the victim’s property and in the future would be considered trespassing.

Several other protection order violations continued through November 2018. At that time, Sgt. Mark Liewer applied for and received a warrant authorizing the installation of a mobile tracking device and the device was placed on Cullen’s 2012 Ford F-150.

The defendant’s activity was recorded through January 2019. After viewing the activity, Sgt. Liewer issued a search warrant at Cullen’s residence on Jan. 18. The defendant was placed under arrest and transported to jail. Distinct items were found during the search matching two of the events described by the victim. 

A $5,000 bond was issued with conditions of no contact with the victim. A full pre-sentence investigation was ordered on May 10. 



I grew up 10 miles southwest of Stuart on the Greger family ranch. I graduated from West Holt Public Schools in Atkinson in 1997 and Northeast Community College in Norfolk in journalism in 1999.

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