More Hoax Phone Call Trials Could Be Coming for Local Man

A Bay County man, accused of making cruel hoax phone calls to fast food restaurants all over the country was acquitted earlier this week during his first trial in Kentucky. But it probably won't be his last.

A Kentucky jury found 38-year-old David Stewart of Fountain not guilty of impersonating a police officer, soliciting sodomy and soliciting sexual abuse.

West Bridgewater, Massachusetts detective Sgt. Victor Flaherty testified at Stewart's Kentucky trial. He worked with Kentucky authorities and Bay County investigators to identify Stewart as a suspect.

In an interview with Massachusetts newspaper Flaherty says the jury acquittal won't stop him from bringing Stewart to justice for an 88 minute call made to a West Bridgewater Wendy's restaurant in February 2004.

The caller told the manager he was a police officer investigating a theft, and the manager could either strip-search a suspect employee or he would dispatch two uniformed male police officers to do so. As the incident progressed it got more and more sexual.

Detectives say there were other calls that night to Wendy's restaurants in Abington, Wareham and Whitman, Massachusetts.

Before Stewart's arrest, there had been 70 similar phone calls placed to fast food restaurants and businesses around the country. There haven't been any since he was arrested.

Flaherty told the Massachusetts reporter "It's early in the game, Mr. Stewart should realize this is only the beginning."


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