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Gate City woman accused of stalking her former ETSU professor

Jeff Bobo • Jan 9, 2019 at 12:56 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Gate City woman who is allegedly “obsessed” with her former history professor was charged with stalking Thursday after previously being charged with criminal trespassing on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

In the early 2000s, Sharon Lee Catron, 64, 1811 Yuma Road, Gate City, was enrolled in a handful of courses taught by former ETSU professor Margaret Wolfe, who retired in 2004.

Mrs. Wolfe told Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Natan Simpson Thursday that Catron recently reappeared in her life and has been harassing her and her husband for the past year and a half.

Mrs. Wolfe stated that during that time Catron visited their home in the unincorporated section of Hawkins County north of Allandale six times prior to the three recent trespassing charges which began Dec. 24.

“Margaret alleges that Ms. Catron is obsessed with her and will not leave her and Mr. Wolfe alone,” said Simpson. “Margaret alleged that Ms. Catron calls her phone on a regular basis at late hours of the day and night, and she has to lay the phone off the hook each night.”

Mrs. Wolfe has reportedly told Catron to leave her alone several times.

On Christmas Eve, Catron arrived unannounced at the Wolfe residence and was cited for criminal trespassing.

On Christmas Day, Catron returned and was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing.

Simpson told the Times-News Tuesday that upon being released from jail, Catron went to the hospital for an unknown reason.

On Thursday, Catron was released from the hospital and immediately took a cab back to the Wolfe residence shortly before 4 p.m.

Simpson said there is no known motive for Catron’s behavior and it’s not clear what Catron wants from Mrs. Wolfe.

“The professor stated she helped her (Catron) when she was a student and (Catron) became obsessed with her,” Simpson said. “This was back in the early 2000s because the professor retired in 2004, and all of a sudden in the recent history she (Catron) started harassing her, coming to her house unannounced, calling her all hours of the night. (Catron) comes there and just wants to talk and hang out and be around her.”

Simpson added, “The professor told me she (Catron) would be content to just sit on the couch and be there in her presence, if they would allow her to. She never came for any specific reason. She just says, I want to talk to her (Mrs. Wolfe).”

The Wolfes didn’t answer the door when Catron arrived Thursday, and when Simpson arrived, he found Catron sitting in driveway waiting for the couple to come home.

Simpson said that Catron seemed oblivious to the fact that she was being arrested again. When Catron found out the Wolfes were home, she repeatedly asked to speak to Mrs. Wolfe.

Simpson added, “They’re very adamant that they want her prosecuted, and they want her to leave them alone because they don’t feel comfortable in their own home.”

Aside from being charged Thursday with stalking, Catron was also charged with a third count of criminal trespassing.

She was being held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending an appearance in Sessions Court Wednesday.

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