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Police: Washington County man used hospital pics to stalk ex

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:27 a.m.

A Washington County man stalked his ex-girlfriend by sending her text messages in which he claimed to be dying and included photos of himself in the hospital, police said Tuesday.

Raymond Reed Husman, 49, of Canton Township, has been in the county jail since his arrest Friday. Online court records don't list an attorney for him.

Canonsburg police Sgt. Al Coghill said federal medical privacy laws prevent him from confirming whether Husman was faking illnesses or exaggerating real ailments. But he said Husman managed to get admitted to several hospitals so he could send the pictures of himself — sometimes hooked up to an IV or other tubes — in an apparent attempt to gain sympathy from his ex.

“There were about 40 pages of texts, some of them included pictures of him in the hospital,” Coghill said. “When you get into the medical stuff, you're in such a gray area that we're not sure what's real and what isn't.”

Husman, who used to live with the woman, continued to contact her after they broke up, even after she obtained a protection-from-abuse order last year that banned it. The woman, who is identified in court papers but is not being named by The Associated Press because she says she is a victim, told police that she hadn't been harmed but was concerned that Husman's behavior might escalate to that level if it continued.

The woman told police she received in October a FedEx package containing Husman's medical records, which she believed was an effort to gain her sympathy. In November, Husman sent her $500 and a gift certificate for a manicure, followed by flowers he had delivered to her job seven times in the ensuing weeks, police said.

When that failed to elicit a response, police said, Husman called the woman claiming to be a doctor treating Husman, and he sent pages and pages of text messages - which the woman turned over to police. The phony texts included messages saying that Husman loved the woman and hoped to dance at their wedding.

Police later determined the texts were sent from a prepaid cellphone. A nurse for the doctor whose name Husman allegedly used confirmed the phone number didn't belong to the physician, and that the doctor hadn't sent any messages to the woman.

Husman faces a preliminary hearing March 26.

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