A permanent restraining order has been issued against a southern New Jersey man who used a secretly installed GPS unit to track his ex-wife's travel.

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But Paul Prince was spared a prison term when he was sentenced Monday. He instead will have to perform community service and serve a year of probation.

The 48-year-old Mullica Hill man was convicted last month of stalking.

Prosecutors say the former wife's brother found the GPS connected to her car's electrical system last November, not long after Prince took the vehicle to a repair shop. She grew suspicious when Prince began showing up unexpectedly at places she was at and sent her text messages indicating he knew where she was.

Authorities say the GPS was activated 522 times over the course of a month.

 

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