Officer sentenced in stalking case

Published 8:32 am Friday, June 23, 2017

LITCHFIELD — A Meeker County patrol sergeant accused of stalking a man has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Under terms of a sentencing agreement, Joel Engler will serve 10 days of his three-month jail term. A charge of stalking was dismissed.

KSTP-TV reports the complaint says Engler had become “obsessed” with the man for several years and would drive by his house multiple times a day and send dozens of text messages a day.

Engler was placed on leave last September. He would serve the remainder of his jail sentence if he doesn’t comply with restrictions, including no contact with the complainant.