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Mila Kunis' Escaped Stalker Captured

Mila Kunis can now rest easy.

A few years ago, Stuart Lynn Dunn was arrested after he broke into Mila Kunis' unoccupied condominium. He was hit with a restraining order to stay away from Kunis. But, only months later, Dunn was arrested again for waiting for Kunis outside her gym for three days in violation of the restraining order.

After that incident, Dunn was charged and pleaded no contest to stalking and violating a restraining order. The stalker was sentenced to six months in a mental health facility and five years probation.

Last Saturday, Dunn escaped.

The Search

Authorities suspect that Dunn escaped from the Olive Vista Behavioral Health Center in Pomona, California by climbing out of a bathroom window and over a barbed wire fence. Police quickly notified Kunis of Dunn's escape, fearing that Dunn may try to seek Kunis out again.

However, Kunis no longer needs to worry. Dunn was arrested Wednesday in Santa Monica after being found during a canvas of the area.

The Stalking Conviction

California Penal Code section 646.9 defines stalking as "any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully and maliciously harasses another and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety." Stalking is punishable by a maximum of one year in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000.

However, in some situations the punishment for stalking can be higher. For example, stalking in violation of a restraining order is punishable by two, three, or four years. Since Dunn violated a restraining order when he stalked Kunis outside her gym, he was eligible for the enhancement.

But, Dunn pleaded guilty instead of going to trial. Doing so, he was able to avoid the enhancement and only received a few months in a mental facility.

Sex Offender?

Interestingly, California law allows a judge to order a person convicted of felony stalking to register as a sex offender. Such an order would only be appropriate if the stalking was committed "as a result of sexual compulsion or for purposes of sexual gratification." There are neither reports that Dunn was ordered to register as a sex offender nor do any currently reported facts support such an order.

Now that Dunn is back in custody, he may face charges for violating the conditions of his plea deal. Hopefully, authorities can keep a hold on him this time.

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