Sanford man charged with 248 protection order violations while in prison, police say

Jeremy Keith Branch
Jeremy Keith Branch Chatham County Sheriff's Office

Investigators in Chatham County have accused a man of violating a domestic violence protective order hundreds of times.

Jeremy Keith Branch, 45, of Sanford, was charged with 248 counts of violating a domestic violence protection order, according to a news release from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say Branch made repeated calls to a person who had an active protection order against him. The calls were made from prison, where Branch is currently serving time for domestic violence-related acts committed against the same individual, investigators say.

Branch is scheduled to appear Aug. 7 in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro, according to the release.

Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.