A Somersworth man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to stalking and traveling interstate to violate a protection order, according to an announcement from U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank.

According to court documents, Lawrence Keenan IV, 30, of Somersworth, left approximately 23 "harassing and threatening voicemails," as well as text messages to his former girlfriend, who lived in South Berwick at the time. Keene also sent threatening messages to the woman's former husband, as well.

The woman obtained a temporary protection order from the Maine District Court in York, according to a press release, which prohibited Keenan from legally contacting the victim or entering her residence.

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Keenan, however, pleaded guilty to violating the protection order, resulting in his arrest in June 2020.

The release said the woman was not there when Keenan showed up at her residence. Keenan also contacted the woman electronically to warn her that he was en route.

Keenan is facing up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each charge, per the release. He also faces up to three years of supervised release. Keenan is scheduled be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The South Berwick and Somersworth Police Departments along with the York County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI investigated the case, the release said.

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