A former surgeon in training who is a suspect in the stalking of a woman was held without bond tonight for a mental evaluation.
The bond court judge honored the request by a victim advocate to have Karl Leonard Ehrens evaluated. Ehrens protested, saying he had been evaluated "by every single person at MUSC they could throw at me" and was found to have only a "adjustment disorder."
A U.S. marshal and several Charleston County sheriff's deputies arrested Ehrens on Thursday night.
Ehrens, 29, is charged with first-degree harassment. Stuffed animals were left July 20 in boxes stacked in a driveway where an 18-year-old woman woman moved to escape being stalked. The animals resembled the images of dolls embedded in Internet messages she received from Ehrens, she told police.
Authorities described ongoing harassment of the woman since a chance meeting with the suspect. She has a restraining order against Ehrens, according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, and has filed a number of reports about him. The boxes had her in fear for her safety.
The Medical University of South Carolina stated that Ehrens started a residency program in general surgery on July 1, 2008; he left the program on Feb. 9, 2009. The release did not say why he left. The training is a five-year program at MUSC.
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