On Monday, April 30, Belfast District Court granted a protective order on behalf of Representative Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, against a fellow representative after months of alleged stalking and harassment.

Herbig, filed for the protective order against Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx, D-Brunswick, after she “had exhausted all other options and nothing has worked,” according to the complaint filed in Belfast District Court.

Under the terms of the protective order, Cornell du Houx is prohibited from having any contact with Herbig and was required to relinquish any weapons in his possession. According to court documents, Cornell du Houx has a concealed weapons permit.

Brunswick police said when they served the protective order they asked Cornell du Houx to relinquish any firearms he possessed, but Conell du Houx told officers he did not have any firearms.

If Cornell du Houx is determined to be in possession of a firearm he would be held in contempt of court, police said.

According to the complaint, Herbig and Cornell du Houx were involved in a relationship in late 2011 until early 2012. Herbig stated in the complaint that after she ended the relationship she learned Cornell du Houx had taken over 100 photographs of her without her knowledge, including while she was sleeping.

“Many of the photographs and videos are highly disturbing and frightening,” Herbig wrote in her complaint.

In addition to the photos, Herbig said in her complaint that Cornell du Houx broke into her cell phone and took at least 89 photos of text message conversations she had with other people and took screenshots of online conversations from her computer, the complaint said.

“He also forwarded several of my personal emails to himself,” Herbig writes.

Herbig writes in her complaint, at the time she ended the relationship with Cornell du Houx he made threats of suicide and told her he did not want to live without her. Herbig also references an email in her complaint where Cornell du Houx sent her an email saying he would use his “military training tactics to prove his innocence.”

When contacted, Cornell du Houx said he was unable to comment about the incident. However, he referred The Republican Journal to a statement he issued to the Bangor Daily News.

In addition to hacking her cell phone and computer, Herbig said Cornell du Houx would show up in Belfast even when she asked him not to and also entered her apartment without her permission and left several personal items in the apartment.

“His actions have made me feel unsafe to the point I stopped staying at the apartment and don’t go there by myself,” Herbig wirtes.

Capitol Police Chief Russ Gauvin said in an email the investigation into the alleged stalking by Cornell du Houx is being handled by the Maine State Police and referred any questions to State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland.

McCausland said the case is still open and being actively investigated by the state police.

The complaint continues with Herbig’s account of how the issue escalated to the point where she was unable to go anywhere without Cornell du Houx following her. According to the court documents, Cornell du Houx would stand outside her committee door and would stare at her through the glass. He would also attempt to interject himself into conversations she was having with other legislators and staff members even though the conversations did not involve him.

“A co-worker asked me what was going on because he saw Alex spend an entire day looking at photos of me on his computer while we were at work,” Herbig writes. “He would try to position himself in locations where I would not be able to leave without him knowing.”

At one point in her comlaint, Herbig writes that Cornell du Houx was following her around to such an extent that she had to get another representative to circle around the state house until Cornell du Houx was gone. She also states she wouldn’t go to her car alone unless escorted by a fellow representative.

Eventually Herbig contacted the state house leaders to inform them of what was going on. The complaint states the house leaders spoke with Cornell du Houx about his behavior, which helped, but did not stop him from continuing to follow her, Herbig writes.

Herbig’s attorney, Chris McLean said his client is “highly thankful” for the amount of support she has received from the community and would not let this incident interfere with her leadership responsibilities. He also said Herbig is thankful for the support she has received from Republican and Democratic leaders, as well as capital police, in implementing a plan to keep her safe.

“Erin is a smart and capable woman and she is looking forward to running for reelection,” McLean said.

Herbig concluded her complaint by saying the incident with Cornell du Houx has “greatly impacted my professional and personal life.”

Dan West contributed reporting to this story.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or bholbrook@villagesoup.com.