Man accused of stalking Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:00pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles prosecutors charged a Pennsylvania man on Thursday with stalking actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, after police said he showed up at their daughter's school despite a court "stay-away" order.

Steven Burky, 37, was expected to appear in court on Thursday to face the charge.

In November 2008, Garner obtained a restraining order against Burky, after the "Alias" star told a judge that she feared for the life of herself and her family.

Burky, who last year was on a psychiatric hold, once told Garner, "God had sent him a vision of her being persecuted in a manner that may result in her death," court papers stated.

Authorities say Burky continued stalking Garner until his arrest on Monday at the southern California nursery school attended by the couple's four year-old daughter Violet.

Burky faces up to four years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said. He is currently jailed on $150,000 bail.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant)

<p>Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner take their seats before the MLB American League baseball game between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, June 2, 2007. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>