A Richmond woman who's been charged with stalking Mayor Dwight C. Jones for nearly a year has been issued a protective order barring contact with the mayor.
Robyne Elaine Harris was arrested Nov. 13 on charges that she was stalking the mayor, a class 1 misdemeanor. A judge from Henrico County was called to hear the case in Richmond General District Court on Monday.
Harris is charged with stalking Jones beginning with an incident Jan. 21, according to Richmond Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Colette W. McEachin, who declines to release details. “Out of concern for the mayor's security and privacy as a citizen,” she said, “I'm not going to go into detail about what the actual stalking behavior was.”
Jones and at least one staff member, David Hicks, attended the Monday hearing. Hicks, Jones' senior policy analyst and a former Richmond commonwealth's attorney, said the stalking was an issue of personal security for Jones.
“He's hopeful that this person will get some type of counseling as part of the resolution,” Hicks said.
The hearing on the stalking charges was continued to Nov. 22, 2010. But at the Monday hearing, James S. Yoffy, chief judge of the Henrico County General District Court, ordered Harris not to have any contact with the mayor and about a dozen other people from the mayor's office and First Baptist Church of South Richmond, where Jones is senior pastor, for a year. The judge also referred her to counseling with the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority.