Cleveland Co. Sheriff candidate had no-contact order against him

Sheriff candidate has restraining order

SHELBY, NC (WBTV) - The man challenging Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman for the county’s top law enforcement job has recently been subject to a no-contact order, court records show.

Clyde Ledbetter is challenging Norman as an independent candidate.

On his website, Ledbetter touts ideals such as truth, justice and mercy.

But court records show a judge found Ledbetter and his wife harassed, intimidated and tormented the couple’s former daughter-in-law after she divorced their son.

Among other things, Ledbetter and his wife stood outside the woman’s school with signs and, separately, distributed the woman’s private text messages that included personal pictures, legal filings say.

Cleveland County District Court Judge Ali Paksoy issued a no-contact order for stalking or non-consensual sexual conduct against Ledbetter in July 2016. The order was in effect for a year.

Paksoy’s ruling also found Ledbetter violated a separate protective order issued by a different judge overseeing the divorce case between Ledbetter’s son and his ex-wife by distributing her private text messages.

In a phone call late Friday, Ledbetter initially disputed WBTV’s report about the court order but, ultimately, acknowledged the order. He said he did not regret distributing the material.

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