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An Elmwood Park man charged with stalking his ex-wife, breaking into her house and secretly videotaping her having sex with another man is expected to plead guilty today to lesser offenses — but it’s far from a sure thing.
Lorenz Hen, 45, cut a similar deal with prosecutors last month for what were four indictments at the time. He then pulled out of the plea deal at his sentencing.
Last Monday, he was scheduled to go before a judge in Hackensack to get a trial date on a whopping seven indictments in all, but his lawyer said that Hen left the courthouse for a supervised visit with his children.
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The next day, the Israeli native was completing the paperwork on his plea deal when his interpreter had to leave for court appearances in Brooklyn.
The case began in September 2012, when authorities charged Hen with attempting to assault his ex-wife and neglecting their 2-year-old child. Although she’d obtained a restraining order against him, prosecutors said Hen violated it by phoning the woman, approaching her in public and breaking into her house.
Less than a week later, they charged him with stalking for another violation. A judge set bail at $10,000.
Then things got ugly, prosecutors said.
After breaking into his ex-wife’s house, they said, Hen hid and then videotaped her and another man having sex. He then showed the video to the woman’s religious leader and threatened to distribute it to friends, business associates and others, authorities said.
Seven charges in all were filed, after which Hen posted $2,500 bail and was released.
More indictments followed — two of them last week for stalking allegations in August and November of last year and in February. Bail was $25,000, which Hen again posted.
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Jessica Gomperts told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that Hen has been charged with accosting his ex-wife so many times in public that she wonders whether he was using a tracking device.
Defense attorney James Addis said his client is through with stalking, prepared to take responsibility for his actions, and ready to move on.
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