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Stalker jailed in probation violation case

A Millicent Avenue man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to stalking girls leaving a local high school was jailed Wednesday on allegations of violating the terms of his probation.

City Judge Susan M. Eagan ordered Gerard V. Schuh III, 23, held pending a probation violation hearing that could result in sending him to state prison for two years.

Susan H. Sadinsky, chief of the Erie County District Attorney's City Court Bureau, said Schuh was taken into custody at about noon Tuesday. Eagan had issued an arrest warrant after being advised that Schuh had violated the probation terms she imposed last month.

According to court records, Schuh is accused of disobeying the judge's orders that he not possess an Internet-accessible computer, computer pornography, social networking accounts or a cellphone with a camera and video recording device while he is on supervised probation.

Eagan had spared Schuh a jail term after he pleaded guilty May 9 to public lewdness, third-degree stalking and child endangerment.

The judge warned Schuh that he is now accused of what she called "several serious" violations of his three-year probationary sentence.

Sadinsky said Schuh initially was arrested March 4 after the parents of Mount Mercy students told police that since the fall, Schuh had periodically followed their daughters as they left the South Buffalo girls high school. They said he often drove ahead of them, got out of his car and stared at them.

Court officials said attorneys who have been representing Schuh in the case were out of town Wednesday but have been notified of his arrest.

A man identified by court officials as Schuh's father was in court Wednesday but did not attempt to speak to the judge on Schuh's behalf.

At the request of Sadinsky, Schuh will remain jailed without bail pending a probation violation hearing next Thursday, court officials said.