The man who allegedly killed and dismembered Fort Wayne 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon was accused of stalking and sexually harassing a 13-year-old girl while living in Iowa last year, but a judge dismissed the complaint, according to court documents.
A Centerville, Iowa, woman asked for a protective order against Michael L. Plumadore in November 2010 to keep him away from her daughter, according to the documents and an official with the Appanoose County clerk of court's office.
The woman said Plumadore, 39, was endangering her daughter by “stalking her, sending her explicit sexual text messages and photographs,” according to the documents. She said Plumadore sent pictures of exposed genitalia and messages telling the girl he “wanted to get her pregnant.”
The woman's request, which alleged domestic abuse, was dismissed because her daughter's relationship with Plumadore didn't meet the criteria for a protective order, said the official with the clerk's office.
Plumadore didn't live with the woman and her daughter, but with the 13-year-old's father at a separate address in Moravia, Iowa, according to the documents. It wasn't immediately clear Friday how Plumadore knew the girl's father.
A voicemail left at a phone number listed under the woman's name wasn't returned Friday afternoon, and attempts to find the name of the 13-year-old's father weren't successful.
Plumadore told Allen County police on Monday that he killed Lemmon on the morning of Dec. 22 by hitting her repeatedly with a brick, then stuffed her body in trash bags and put it in his freezer, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed this week.
According to the affidavit, he then cut her body up with a hacksaw that night and in the early-morning hours of Dec. 23, put the pieces in freezer bags, dumped some of the body parts in a trash container at a nearby gas station, and kept the head, feet and hands in his freezer.
Allen County prosecutors formally charged Plumadore on Friday with murder, abuse of a corpse, a class D felony, and removing a body from the scene of a suspicious death, also a class D felony. He is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday.
Lemmon, along with her sister and stepsister, both 6, had been staying with Plumadore in his trailer at the Northway mobile home park off North Clinton Street for about a week while her mother, Tarah Souders, was sick with the flu, the girl's relatives have said.
The Indiana Department of Child Services has removed the younger girls from parental custody, Allen County DCS director Michelle L. Savieo said Friday afternoon.
In Appanoose County, Plumadore didn't face criminal charges, and the woman's petition on behalf of her daughter was the only complaint on record, according to the clerk's office. A judge told the woman she should take her complaints to police or an attorney, according to court documents.
Appanoose County Sheriff Gary D. Anderson wasn't available for comment Friday afternoon.
The Daily Iowegan reported that Lemmon is listed as the victim of a sexual assault in a 2010 case when she was 7. A then-19-year-old man who had been caring for her pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent contact with a child, an aggravated misdemeanor.
According to our media partner, WANE, NewsChannel 15, Plumadore's mobile home was removed Friday by order of the Allen County Prosecutor's Office. The trailer was moved to a secure location as evidence, according to the TV station.