NORTH SMITHFIELD – A man charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend via a tracking device installed in her car has pleaded no contest to the charges and received one year probation with a list of conditions.
Steven Scarpelli, 33, of North Smithfield, has been ordered to attend domestic abuse counseling, surrender his firearms, and have no contact with the victim following a hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
According to the original arrest report, Scarpelli kept tabs on the victim for months via a GPS tracking system installed in her vehicle. A subpoena to parent company MyCar by the Burrillville Police Department revealed roughly 600 pages of data showing thousands of inquiries into the location of the car.
The story was brought to light following an Access to Public Records request submitted by NRI NOW, and later picked up by Turtleboy Sports, a hybrid of a blog, news website and tabloid, known for shock-jock style exposer of con artists, outrageous criminals and other scams.
Scarpelli, whose previous criminal record includes domestic violence and assault, had initially pled not guilty and denied charges in the recent incident.