A former Knightdale police chief was placed on two years of supervised probation after pleading guilty in Wake County Superior Court on July 25 to misdemeanor charges of stalking and violating a domestic violence protection order, court records show.
That was the judgment after an initial sentence of 60 days in jail was suspended for Michael Gregory Stogner, 56, of 707 Guilford Road, Jamestown.
Stogner was charged Jan. 4, 2013 with violating a domestic violence protection order on Dec. 30, 2012 by “making indirect contact via e-mail to send a message to the plaintiff, Shelley Greenwald,” an arrest warrant states. The listed offense date came two days after the protection order was issued in district court, according to the warrant.
Stogner was then charged March 1, 2013 with felony stalking in April 2012, county records show. Court records indicate that charge was later lessened to a misdemeanor.
A notice signed by Stogner on May 8, 2013 shows he appealed his conviction of violating the domestic violence protection order to the superior court.
Court records show Stogner pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain as the charges were consolidated July 25.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner added special conditions to Stogner’s probation: that he “not assault, threaten, harass be found in or on the premises or workplace of, or have any contact with (the victim).”
The conditions also forbid Stogner from having third-party communication with the victim; require that he complies with the existing protection order; and require him to complete a mental health assessment and any recommended treatment.
Stogner served as police chief in Knightdale from January 1991 until October 1994, according to town officials.