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Judge signs anti-harrassment order against Hill

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Nov. 24, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
November 25, 2009 10:04 am

A Pierce County District Court judge has ordered a Tacoma man to stay away from former City Councilwoman-turned-Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson for the next year.

Judge Maggie Ross approved on Friday Anderson’s petition seeking a permanent anti-harassment order against well-known local figure, Robert Jesse Hill, court records show. The order remains in effect until November 20, 2010.

HillHill, 39, who has a long history of mental illness and various arrests, is restrained from trying to contact or come near Anderson under terms of the order. That includes banning Hill from coming to Anderson’s home, or within 50 feet of her at her workplace.

Anderson, who was sworn in as auditor earlier today, sought the order after she claimed Hill showed up at her house uninvited in October and has since allegedly engaged in a series of other unwanted actions laced with sexual references toward her. Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor and Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell advised Anderson to seek out the order because Hill’s aggressive behavior appears to be escalating, the petition states.

Hill, an occasional candidate for public office who often goes by the nickname `The Traveller,’ denies the allegations.  He was not at the civil hearing on Friday. Hill has been in custody since a Nov. 13 court hearing on issues related to pending assault, weapon and police obstruction charges, records show. A judge ordered a “no bail hold” on Hill pending a competency hearing at Western State Hospital. Hill has since been transferred back to Pierce County Jail, records show.

In hand-written letters received by the court after Friday’s civil hearing, Hill requested the hearing on Anderson’s petition to be re-scheduled, noting he expected to remain in custody until at least Dec. 1.

Earlier this month, we reported that Tacoma police arrested Hill at Tacoma City Hall for violating the terms of a temporary order taken out by Anderson that prohibited him from entering the municipal building. Hill claims he was not properly served with the order. It was his fourth arrest in the past month.

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