Florida authorities said charges against a 75-year-old Florida man were dropped after the injunction he was arrested for violating was found to be non-existent.
Sandra Bogden, 40, asked for a court order against Jesse Almond, 75, of Tierra Verde in December 2009 and he has been arrested for violating the injunction four times even though it was rejected by the judge, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Tuesday.
Almond was charged with aggravated stalking after his last arrest in August, but his lawyer, Lucas Fleming, then discovered a transcript of the December 2009 hearing with Pinellas Judge Lorraine Kelly's rejection of the injunction request.
The charge against Almond was dropped when Fleming brought his findings to authorities.
"Something extraordinary happened in this case," Kelly said. She said she had "no idea" how the mix-up happened.
Courts administrator Gay Inskeep said she and other officials plan to "do everything we can to make sure it never happens again."