Former Virgin Town Councilman Arrested for Violating Stalking Order

Former Virgin Town Councilman Arrested for Violating Stalking Order

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Former Virgin Town Councilman Kenneth D. Cornelius has been arrested for allegedly violating a stalking order against him.

Cornelius, 38, was arrested at his home on Sunday. He was booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility and released on $1,850 bail.

The stalking injunction had been sought by a woman who claimed that Cornelius had made repeated, unwanted sexual comments and solicitations toward her.

She contended he violated the court order by attending the church service she was attending.

'I went to church with my wife. We sat down, and she came in behind us, and I didn't know that she was there," Cornelius said. "As soon as I knew that she was there, I left."

Cornelius resigned from the Town Council earlier this month after he and his wife were arrested on misdemeanor charges stemming from a domestic dispute. Cornelius had not sought re-election and his term would have been up at the end of the year.

Cornelius was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and his wife, Tina Cornelius, 36, was charged with domestic violence in the presence of a child and disorderly conduct.

According to police reports, the Corneliuses were involved in an argument on Sept. 27. One witness reported that Tina Cornelius pulled the couple's 1-year-old son out through the window of their car and Kenneth Cornelius began to drive off, causing his wife and child to fly over the hood and be dragged a short distance.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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