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Kingsport man pleads guilty to stalking spree

Rain Smith • Feb 11, 2019 at 6:45 PM

Editor’s note: The story below incorrectly states that Albert Toronjo is not eligible for parole. It should have said he waived alternative sentencing and will not be eligible for probation. He will indeed be eligible for parole at some point in time.

BLOUNTVILLE — A man arrested multiple times for harassing women and making them feel uncomfortable has pleaded guilty in several cases, netting a four-and-a-half-year prison term.

Albert Toronjo, 68, of Kingsport, appeared Friday in Sullivan County Criminal Court. According to Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Lewis Combs, Toronjo pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated stalking. He will not be eligible for parole and will serve the entire sentence.

Since June 2014, Kingsport police have issued multiple warnings about Toronjo and his tactics. He was alleged to have systematically targeted the elderly and recently widowed, making unwelcome visits to their homes and sexual advances. Sometimes he would pose as a handyman looking for work.

In September 2014, Toronjo entered guilty pleas to a variety of misdemeanor charges, all related to the harassment of females in Sullivan County. He was released from jail in January 2016 — but within two weeks, the KPD warned he "may already be up to his old antics."

By August 2017, Toronjo had been arrested four times in Kingsport, with the last being a charge of aggravated stalking. In April of last year, he made his first apparent venture into Hawkins County, where he was arrested after allegedly knocking on women's doors repeatedly.

Toronjo's Sullivan County charges were later bound over to a grand jury. Prior to last week's guilty pleas, he had been scheduled for trial.

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