DeBarge ex-wife talks about misery of being stalked - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

DeBarge ex-wife talks about misery of being stalked

As he's done before, Gerald DeBarge disrupted the hearing by noisily dropping to the floor and then breaking into song:  My Country Tis of Thee, at the top of his lungs.

Deputies cleared the courtroom until DeBarge could be removed.  Then everyone returned and Judge Mike Canaday finished the hearing without DeBarge. 

DeBarge's ex-wife Aimee Glatt is the victim of the stalking for which he will now serve five years.

"I feel like this is a good day for Lake Charles on victims rights.  It's good for women to see that you can do this.  You might not get  taken too seriously in the beginning.  There's a lot of ground work you have to lay for cases like this.  You have to show pattern, you have to show a lot.  But in the end it's all worked out and I'm just relieved and thrilled," she said.

While some people may not see stalking as a serious crime, Glatt says he caused tremendous misery for her and her family.  She says she has truly feared for her life.

"Gerald DeBarge himself, twice, on two separate occasions, looked me dead in the eye and said, because he has had two ex wives before me, that 'if you ever leave me I will kill you, cause I'll never go through another property settlement.'  He told me that twice, on two separate occasions.  I even went to my job and told all the girls at my job just in case something happened to me that they would know.  I believe him," said Glatt.

Glatt speaks out to give hope to others suffering from a stalker to show that persistence can bring about justice.

"Don't get discouraged because your complaint cards start stacking up.  I think I had at one time about 80 of them," said Glatt.

Assistant District Attorney Tara Hawkins encourages such victims report each and every incident to authorities to pave the way for successful prosecution.

"They can make a record and you have a file that's being built based on  your complaints.  It's documented.  You've brought law enforcement in.  It shows the seriousness which you took the offense and also a pattern," said Hawkins.

She says victims can also get help seeking stay away orders through police or the women's shelter. To hear more from Hawkins about what's needed to prosecute stalkers, look for our web extra on stalking.

Glatt  hopes with debarge locked up, she can have the peace she and her family need.

Besides stalking his ex-wife, DeBarge is known for sending a large volume of mail to many public officials, media and others in the community.

Debarge's defense attorney declined to do an interview, but indicated she does plan to appeal.

Copyright 2014 KPLC All rights reserved

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • LEGAL CORNER: Can my HOA remove things from my property?

    LEGAL CORNER: Can my HOA remove things from my property?

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:23 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:23:31 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: Can a Home Owners Association enter my property and remove something that does not meet the rules of HOA? Do property owners have the right to protect their person and property? Is this a violation of the property owner’s constitutional rights? ANSWER: Provided that the Home Owners Association rules are not against public policy or in violation of some federal and state law, then the rules are va...More >>
    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: Can a Home Owners Association enter my property and remove something that does not meet the rules of HOA? Do property owners have the right to protect their person and property? Is this a violation of the property owner’s constitutional rights? ANSWER: Provided that the Home Owners Association rules are not against public policy or in violation of some federal and state law, then the rules are va...More >>
  • Edwards bans contracts with companies that boycott Israel

    Edwards bans contracts with companies that boycott Israel

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:02 PM EDT2018-05-23 16:02:03 GMT
    Gov. John Bel Edwards (Source: KPLC)Gov. John Bel Edwards (Source: KPLC)

    State government agencies in Louisiana are being barred from contracting with companies that boycott Israel.

    More >>

    State government agencies in Louisiana are being barred from contracting with companies that boycott Israel.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More afternoon showers and storms while we monitor the Gulf

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More afternoon showers and storms while we monitor the Gulf

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:42 PM EDT2018-05-23 16:42:33 GMT
    Afternoon Storms continue todayAfternoon Storms continue today
    Afternoon Storms continue todayAfternoon Storms continue today

    For the rest of the day, there will be more storms and showers that pop up in the afternoon. This is the new normal with the heat during the afternoon, and the extra moisture in the air. Not everyone will see rain, but if you are caught under one of these showers, you will likely see some heavy rainfall at times. Temperatures will still be hot today, especially where there is no rain. Highs will be in the lower 90s. Tonight, the rain should come to an end. 

    More >>

    For the rest of the day, there will be more storms and showers that pop up in the afternoon. This is the new normal with the heat during the afternoon, and the extra moisture in the air. Not everyone will see rain, but if you are caught under one of these showers, you will likely see some heavy rainfall at times. Temperatures will still be hot today, especially where there is no rain. Highs will be in the lower 90s. Tonight, the rain should come to an end. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly