Huntsville City Council candidate pleaded guilty in 2010 harassment case

Huntsville City Council candidate pleaded guilty in 2010 harassment case

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - WAFF 48 News has obtained court documents showing a candidate for Huntsville City Council's District 4 pleaded guilty to harassing a high school classmate in 2010.

Jacob Anders paid a $100 fine and $208 in court costs in December 2010.

A judge sentenced Anders to serve 30 days in the city jail, but the sentence was suspended for 12 months of probation.

Anders attended Huntsville High School with Lauren Smidt, a classmate who filed a complaint with police and the school district.

Court documents state that on Sept. 30, 2010, Anders threatened Smidt's then-boyfriend's life via text message. Smidt filed a Huntsville City Schools witness statement the same day.

It states Anders texted "...AJ is dead. I didn't do anything cause you were my friend but now it doesn't matter. I have no reason to hold back," and "...AJ is going to regret the day he met me."

A law enforcement incident report from October 2010 states "Jacob verbally threaten (sic) her. Jacob told her he was to kill her boyfriend and also threatening her with text messages. The incident (threat) alarmed Lauren."

Smidt took Anders to court, where he initially pleaded not guilty. He entered a guilty plea on Dec. 9, 2010.

The plea agreement avoided jail time and stated Anders could have "no contact directly or indirectly with Lauren Smidt as a condition of probation." His probation was 12 months from December 2010 to December 2011.

Anders declined an opportunity to be interviewed but said via text, "I didn't harass anyone," and "I took the plea deal because our legal system is f****d up."

In a previous interview with WAFF 48 News, Anders said he and Smidt were in a romantic relationship. Smidt denies this.

"He would drive over to my house in the dead of night, call my phone, try to get me come outside, he would call my sister, my younger sister, she was 11 at the time, he would call and text her phone constantly to see where I was, what I was doing, who I was with," she said.

She said Anders would "show up all the time" when she was out in public and it wasn't a coincidence.

"He intentionally stalked and harassed me, and when I told him I had had enough of it, and I was going to do something about it, he threatened me with death," she said.

Both Smidt and Anders said Smidt suffered from drug addiction and had other abusive relationships.

Smidt moved into Anders' parents home between 2014 and 2015. Neither individual could confirm the exact time frame she moved in.

Smidt said her drug abuse clouded her judgement and that it was a mistake to move into the home. She claims Anders' harassment resumed while she was at the home.

In a previous interview with WAFF, Anders said he attempted to get her clean at that time.

Smidt left the home after a period of months, and both say communication between them had been sparse since that time.

Anders is running against incumbent Bill Kling and Jackie Reed for the City Council District 4 seat. The Huntsville municipal election is Aug. 28.

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