Former Portsmouth, NH Resident Warns Others About Man Who Stalks in Public
A woman who says she moved from Portsmouth because a city man will not leave her alone is warning others that he could be dangerous.
Monica Clough, 23, says Portsmouth is a city where people come together to help each other so she hopes that by sharing her story, others will not have to go through what she did.
Clough said she first met the man - who she now has a protective order against - when she was 19 years old and working at a local store. She does not want to share his name because he has a wife and family.
“He was buying beer and said he was going to the park to work out and drink beer,” Clough said. “It was funny to me.”
Things changed when Clough’s parents started to get messages about her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Then her friends told her about fake social media profiles being created with her image and well-known local places.
And the explicit messages to her started. It all became very scary, Clough said.
“I started to see him every day,” Clough said.
She recalls hiding in a jewelry store on Congress Street to avoid the man.
Clough said she got a protective order in March and has moved out of state.
Breeze Keller, Clough’s partner, said he was confronted by the man when they were recently dining outdoors.
Keller said he and Clough were eating lunch and the man got about forty feet away from them and pretended to be playing with his phone.
When Clough went inside and police were called, the man pretended to leave, tied up his dog, turned around, confronted Keller and went into the restaurant.
“That’s what makes the situation really difficult because it is a public area,” Keller said.
He called the man dangerous.
“He has the legal advice and wherewithal to game the system and really walk the fine line to keep himself out of trouble,” Keller said.
Portsmouth Police Chief Mark Newport could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
According to the city’s website, being a victim of a crime can be a traumatic experience.
“Crime can happen to anyone, regardless of precautions a person may or may not have taken,” is posted.
Below are some tips offered in the city’s guide for victims of crime:
How to Obtain a Protective Order
- Go to the 10th Circuit – District Division – Portsmouth Court, 111 Parrott Avenue, or the Rockingham County Superior Court, 10 Route 125 Brentwood. If you are not a Portsmouth resident go to your local courthouse. If the court is closed you may go to or call the police department for an emergency protective order. The order will remain in effect until the end of the next business day.
- Fill out the appropriate paperwork, providing as much information as possible. Once the court has issued the temporary order, read and be familiar with the order and how it works.
- A date for a hearing will be scheduled. You must attend this hearing and bring any evidence you may have to support your petition. The judge will hear both sides and decide if the protective order will be granted for a one-year period.
- You are not alone. There are Advocates available through “Haven” to assist you throughout the protective order process. Please ask the clerk of the court to assist you with contacting an advocate.
Safety with a Protective Order
- KEEP A COPY OF THE PROTECTIVE ORDER WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES
- Give a copy to a trusted friend, neighbor or family member.
- Report any violation of the order to the local police department.
- Make a plan to stay safe until the police arrive.
- Inform coworkers, children’s schools, health care providers and neighbors of the protective order.
Decision to Arrest
- The Police Officer has the responsibility to decide whether or not to make an arrest; an Officer can arrest with or without your consent if the officer believes that a crime has been committed.