March 26, 2009 / 7:09 PM / 10 years ago

Man charged with stalking Olympian Shawn Johnson

Silver medallist Shawn Johnson of the U.S. poses with her medal after the women's individual all-round gymnastics final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 15, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Florida man Thursday was charged with stalking U.S. Olympic gymnast and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Shawn Johnson, after police arrested him outside the show’s set and found loaded guns in his car.

Robert Michael O’Ryan, 34, was arrested Monday after he jumped a fence at CBS Studios in Los Angeles, police said.

O’Ryan said that the 17-year-old gymnast talked to him through the television and that he wanted to have a child with her, Johnson’s mother, Teri, said in a request for a court order to keep O’Ryan away from her daughter.

The Florida man had a loaded shotgun and handgun, duct tape, a billy club and zip ties in his car, arousing suspicion that he wanted to abduct Johnson, according to documents in Teri Johnson’s restraining order request.

He also had newspaper clippings about Johnson and love letters for her, according to the request.

O’Ryan was charged with stalking and carrying loaded firearms. Prosecutors said they plan to ask that his bail be set at $220,000.

O’Ryan, who drove from Florida to Los Angeles to meet Johnson, faces up to four years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said.

Johnson won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing for her balance beam routine.

She is the youngest competitor ever on “Dancing with the Stars,” a popular show on U.S. network ABC that pairs celebrities with dancing pros.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Xavier Briand

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