Quantcast

Former boyfriend charged with stalking candidate for state office

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 4 2015 7:53 a.m. MDT

Candidate Celina Milner talks with supporters during a fundraising event  for the six hispanic women candidates for the state legislature, in Salt Lake City Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (Brian Nicholson, Deseret News) Candidate Celina Milner talks with supporters during a fundraising event for the six hispanic women candidates for the state legislature, in Salt Lake City Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (Brian Nicholson, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — A candidate running for state office in House District 34 said she was the victim of unwanted phone calls and text messages by her ex-boyfriend, leading to a stalking charge filed against the man Wednesday in 3rd District Court.

Celina Milner declined to comment Wednesday, calling the complaint a personal matter.

The charging documents allege repeated contact by Hector Ramon Martinez, 32, who now faces a misdemeanor charge of stalking for actions between March and July.

On March 7, Martinez  became upset when he saw Milner with her ex-husband at her gym, the documents state. "Ms. Milner stated that the defendant is texting her 2-4 times a day as well as leaving her numerous voicemail messages," the documents states.

Police contacted the defendant on April 4 and instructed him to cease all communications, noting criminal charges could be pursued if he didn't stop the contact.

Milner reported to police that between April 25 and June 2 the defendant attempted to contact her numerous times, driving by the candidate's residence, sending her flowers, and continuing with phone calls, suspected from a blocked number.

A detective contacted Martinez on July 27, and he admitted to repeatedly contacting Milner.

Julian Reyes

Twitter: @_JulianReyes_

Copyright 2015, Deseret News Publishing Company