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CrimeEx-Brevard assistant state attorney faces stalking, extortion charges

23:35  30 may  2019
23:35  30 may  2019 Source:   floridatoday.com

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A former Brevard County assistant state attorney appeared before a county judge Thursday after being charged with stalking.

Patrick James Landy Jr. was charged with extortion in addition to aggravated stalking, court records show.

Landy, 27, of Melbourne worked with the state attorney’s office from June 2017 until Jan. 22. The judge issued an arrest warrant Wednesday set a $10,000 pending the first court appearance and ordered Landy to have no contact with the victim, the victim’s family or former roommate, records show.

Brevard County sheriff’s investigators determined that between October 2018 and May 2019, Landy was targeting a victim through stalking and extortion.

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No other details were available.

The state attorney’s office is already requesting a special executive appointment from Gov. Ron DeSantis so that prosecutors from another jurisdiction or district can pursue the case.

It was not immediately known why Landy left his job with the state attorney's office.

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