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Woman faces accused stalker in video conference

November 29, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - Sitting at a desk in an undisclosed location, a young woman faced her alleged stalker for what she believed was the first time- via video.

It was the first use in the region of video conferencing allowing an accuser to face her accused remotely while a judge decided whether to impose a protective order.

In this case, Superior Court Judge Michael Kamp said he heard enough on Thursday to convince him to impose a 1-year protective order on Mark Spigarolo, of Milford, who admitted he has sent a series of letters to a physician’s assistant at St. Vincent’s Medical Center who had treated him in 2013.

The judge then reminded the 54-year-old Spigarolo, who promised to abide by the order, that a violation of a protective order is a felony punishable by five years in prison.

The woman, her voice quivering with emotion, testified that she began receiving letters from Spigarolo shortly after treating him and that the letters and cards continued arriving up until this month. Dawn Rudolph, chief operating officer for St. Vincent’s Hospital, also received letters from Spigarolo regarding the woman.

“To be honest I didn’t remember treating him, I didn’t know what he looked like until today,” the woman testified as Spigarolo, dressed in a dark suit, stared at the large television screen in the courtroom. “I am afraid for myself and I am afraid for my family.”

But Spigarolo told the judge he remembered the physician’s assistant.

“During that visit, I triggered her emotionally and part of her person entered me and has affected me since then. I became possessed,” he states in a letter to her. In another letter he states he separated from his wife and intended to divorce her so that he could be with the physician’s assistant.

“If you do have any feelings for me you need to give me a little sign,” he writes.

Spigarolo wrote Rudolph that it was unfair when he was told he could not have another appointment with the physician’s assistant.

Spigarolo adamantly denied to the judge that he had physically stalked the woman but a letter he wrote to her suggests otherwise.

In it he states that he saw the woman’s husband sitting in a booth at Bill’s Drive-in in Monroe.

In 2015, the woman filed a complaint against Spigarolo with Trumbull police. According to the police report, officers confronted Spigarolo and warned him to have no further contact with the woman but took no other action.

Kevin Stranahan, security manager at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, told the judge that they have a procedure in place to protect the woman at the hospital.

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