A former Platte County deputy is facing a misdemeanor stalking charge.
Phillip W. Lowe, 51, was charged with second degree stalking on Friday, March 23. Lowe was taken into custody and posted $5,000 bond a few days later. Lowe, a resident of Platte County, is ordered to have no contact with the victims. The stalking incidents allegedly occurred between March 1 and March 20. Lowe was terminated from his employment with the Sheriff’s Office in early March.
Lowe was originally scheduled to appear before Platte County Circuit Court judge Dennis Eckold on April 24. Eckold recused himself from the case on Monday, April 9. The case has been reassigned to presiding judge James Van Amburg, who will preside over a docket call on Thursday, April 26.
According to court documents, Lowe was allegedly spotted running away from the home of one of the victim’s at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Victims reported Lowe had been lurking outside of the residence on three occasions, starting on March 1. On March 3, he was again spotted at the home and the victim took photos. On March 4, Lowe allegedly followed the victims to a local church in Platte Woods and attended the service.
Lowe also allegedly sent electronic messages to the victims, indicating he was watching them. Another person at the residence spotted Lowe running from the property when stopping by to pick up personal items. That witness identified Lowe as the man running from the home.
“I believe the defendant poses a danger to the victims because the defendant has continuously caused emotional distress to the victims by lurking around the victims houses in the dark,” wrote deputy Dru Burns in his report, adding, “The defendant previously was a law enforcement officer.”