‘Liv­ing hell’

Woman gives de­tails of con­stant ha­rass­ment by ex-boyfriend

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY

A Char­lot­te­town vice-prin­ci­pal has made his ex-girl­friend’s life a “liv­ing hell’’ since the cou­ple broke up, a court was told this week.

Pam Reeves, 48, fought for com­po­sure sev­eral times while giv­ing tes­ti­mony in pro­vin­cial court in a crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment trial.

She de­tailed a bar­rage of un­set­tling com­mu­ni­ca­tions from and en­coun­ters with her for­mer boyfriend, 50-year-old Gre­gory Camp­bell.

Reeves, who is a reg­is­tered den­tal as­sis­tant, has known Camp­bell since high school.

The pair be­gan in 2013 what would prove to be an on-again, off-again re­la­tion­ship that in­cluded the cou­ple liv­ing to­gether for four months.

Reeves tes­ti­fied she ended the re­la­tion­ship in June 2015 with no de­sire for pos­si­ble rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Camp­bell, a vice-prin­ci­pal at Stonepark In­ter­me­di­ate School who also does part-time sur­veil­lance work, clearly was not ready to move on, ac­cord­ing to Reeves.

Camp­bell fired off texts to Reeves daily, some­times as many as 40 in a day, im­plor­ing the woman to see him, Reeves tes­ti­fied.

He told Reeves they had a good thing, he wanted to marry her and she was be­ing im­ma­ture. He even noted that he teaches a healthy re­la­tion­ship course to ju­nior high stu­dents.

Reeves says the ac­cused drove by her apart­ment “morn­ing, noon and night.’’

He would get into her se­cure apart­ment build­ing and knock on her door ask­ing to be let in.

She never let him en­ter her apart­ment.

Reeves said the ac­cused had fol­lowed her in his car and popped up at a num­ber of places she fre­quented.

Twice he ap­peared at her gym in Strat­ford around 5:30 a.m.

On one oc­ca­sion, Camp­bell ap­proached Reeves while she was sit­ting in her car.

He hopped over her and sat in the pas­sen­ger seat.

Reeves left the car, and Camp­bell fol­lowed her on foot.

The in­ci­dent rat­tled Reeves.

“Scared, think­ing he was never, ever go­ing to stop this ... very shaken,’’ she told the court.

“Things do es­ca­late with Greg, and in the end he does get an­gry and up­set.’’

When she threat­ened to call the po­lice, Camp­bell made the threat­en­ing ges­ture of slid­ing his fin­gers over his throat to in­di­cate what he would do to Reeves if he lost his job.

Af­ter Camp­bell fol­lowed Reeves to her new part-time job as a wait­ress in North Rus­tico, she fi­nally re­ported the al­leged on­go­ing ha­rass­ment to po­lice.

Po­lice is­sued Camp­bell a no­con­tact or­der.

Reeves tes­ti­fied she saw Camp­bell out­side her apart­ment the night af­ter the un­der­tak­ing was is­sued.

She later re­ported an un­set­tling en­counter with Camp­bell at a Char­lot­te­town restau­rant in Septem­ber.

Camp­bell was ar­rested a few days later for breach of un­der­tak­ing.

Reeves tes­ti­fied that Camp­bell started spread­ing in­for­ma­tion about her per­sonal life and was telling peo­ple she was the crazy one.

She be­came ex­tremely emo­tional on the stand as the trial was wrap­ping up for the day Wed­nes­day.

She noted she has been stressed for the past seven months, has lost weight and sought coun­selling.

“I’m con­stantly look­ing in my rearview mir­ror,’’ she said.

“My life has been a liv­ing hell — so it needs to end. I’m sit­ting in a court­room be­cause I ended a re­la­tion­ship with a 50year-old who couldn’t deal with it.’’

Camp­bell, af­ter con­sult­ing with his lawyer hours af­ter the trial got un­der­way, pleaded guilty to one crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment charge that deals with re­peat­edly com­mu­ni­cat­ing with, ei­ther di­rectly or in­di­rectly, the other per­son or any­one known to them.

Camp­bell is fight­ing a se­cond crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment charge that falls un­der the sec­tion that pro­hibits “be­set­ting or watch­ing the dwelling-house, or place where the other per­son, or any­one known to them, re­sides, works, car­ries on busi­ness or hap­pens to be.’’

He is also fight­ing a breach of un­der­tak­ing charge in the trial by judge only.

The Guardian has not been able to learn Camp­bell’s sta­tus at the school, but court was told he was on leave in Novem­ber.

The prin­ci­pal had no com­ment, but Camp­bell re­mains listed on Stonepark In­ter­me­di­ate’s web­site as vice-prin­ci­pal un­der the list of staff.

The trial con­tin­ues this morn­ing.

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