Man charged with harassing UConn reserve Williams

Updated: February 12, 2008, 6:37 PM ET
Associated Press

VERNON, Conn. -- A Connecticut man has been charged with harassing UConn basketball player Tahirah Williams by sending unwanted e-mails.

Gary Peoples, 28, was in court Monday facing 11 counts of second-degree harassment. He was released on $10,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with the junior guard and to stay off campus.

Police say Peoples' initial e-mails were friendly, but became bizarre. Police say Williams, a reserve from Montclair, N.J., contacted authorities when Peoples sent her an e-mail saying he wanted to move to Canada with her and start a family.

Police say they warned Peoples to stay away from Williams, and arrested him after she received more disturbing e-mails in January.

Peoples has a criminal history of assault on a police officer, drunken driving, possession of narcotics and possession of marijuana.


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