On Tuesday, September 15, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Opelousas Street in reference to a disturbance, according to Lt. Col. Bobby Webre.

Upon deputies arrival they learned that a subject, identified as Jonathan Butler, 29, was sending harassing messages via text messaging to an ex-girlfriend.

Deputies also learned that Butler was recently released from prison for domestic abuse battery on the ex-girlfriend. A stay away order was issued by Judge Tureau on October 7, 2014 but the stay away order had recently expired on April 7, 2015.

A stay away order is issued when there is a criminal court case against an attacker, arranged through the District Attorney and is issued by the Judge assigned to the case. They remain in effect for as long as the attacker is involved in the criminal justice system or until lifted by the Judge.

The victim moved to an undisclosed residence in order to get away from Butler, but he was able to locate the victim’s new residence.

A short while later, deputies’ located Butler and he was arrested without incident, added Lt. Col. Webre. Jonathan Butler, 29, of 1036 Nolan Street, Donaldsonville, was arrested and charged with stalking. He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where no bond has been set yet.

Anyone who needs to report domestic abuse can contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Unit at 225-621-8364 or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP(7867).