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(WSVN) – A former friend assaulted her, chased her and broke into her home and received a restraining order. However, when he broke this order, nothing happened and she reached out to Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
If Cindy looks frustrated, that’s understandable.
Cindy Laurenfant, anxious: “It’s like Deja Vu again.”
Deja vu for Cindy, angry with her husband.
Michael Keesee, upset about the enforcement: “So it’s like my hands are tied in this situation, and that’s frustrating for me.”
Let’s go back. When Cindy was a teenager, she dated Sean Ghany. Today she wonders what she was thinking.
Cindy Laurenfant: He would get drunk. He would just beat me up. “
Cindy escaped Ghany after being convicted of armed bank robbery and jailed.
She moved on, met Michael, and married, but Ghany kept trying to get in touch with her from prison.
Cindy Laurenfant: And every time he threatened me.
When Ghany got out of jail, he came because she was constantly harassing and chasing her, even on camera when he broke into Michael’s car and then into her house.
Cindy Laurenfant: I’m just in trouble. I was scared. “
On the same day, Ghany was accused of beating a pregnant woman …
Judge: “You are in court.”
Ghany was sent back to prison.
While he was incarcerated, Cindy and two other women he molested received injunctions against Ghany. In Cindy’s case, it was said that he could never try to contact her again.
Cindy Laurenfant: “I was happy because we finally resolved the situation, so I thought.”
After our story aired, Ghany was released from prison. Guess who he contacted on Facebook?
Cindy Laurenfant: “I’m all automatically cooked inside. I’m angry because I ask, “How come he finds me again?”
Cindy blocked him on social media, but Ghany created a fake account to contact her. Michael was amazed at how blatantly he was ignoring the judge’s order.
Michael Keesee: “Facebook is actually the word there, and I told him exactly and he confirmed it and said: ‘Yes, I know, that’s in the injunction.'”
Ghany didn’t just use social media to follow her. She suspects he was following her, knowing where her new job was.
Cindy Laurenfant: “He knows the job title. He knows exactly where I work and in which city it is. “
Michael assumed that calling the police and the probation officer would arrest him because Ghany was in breach of the injunction. Not exactly.
Cindy Laurenfant: “Now that he’s on federal parole and your restraining order is state, you need to go to court first and petition, file a motion.”
Michael and Cindy were irritated when they found out they had to go to court to try to pick up Ghany.
Michael Keesee: “How am I supposed to protect my wife, you know, when the people who are supposed to be there to protect her don’t do their part?”
Cindy and Michael have come to the conclusion that their restraining order is worthless.
Michael Keesee: “Like I said, it’s frustrating because I was told by the police that I can’t do anything to him until he walks into my house.”
Well, Howard, an injunction depends on the defendant following the judge’s order. So are Cindy and Michael right? Is this paper worthless?
Howard Finkelstein, 7 News Legal Expert: “In her case it was, and that’s why so many women are scared, even when they have an injunction. The police or the probation officer should have arrested Ghany as soon as Cindy told them what he was doing. The injunction can work if the people who paid for it get their job done right away. “
After we contacted the federal probation officer, Sean Ghany was picked up.
It took Cindy and Michael almost a week to tell law enforcement that he was breaking the restraining order.
He is now in jail awaiting a hearing.
Cindy Laurenfant: “I’m afraid I fear him.”
A judge will determine if Ghany has broken his parole and is returning to prison, or the judge could release Ghany. This possibility terrifies Cindy.
Cindy Laurenfant: “And something definitely needs to change for victims of domestic violence. We need more protection. “
If you have a restraining order against someone and the police or parole do not respond to threats against you, call their manager. If it’s the police, call your commissioner or the mayor. If that doesn’t work, give us a call.
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