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Man to serve six months for stalking
By SARAH LIEBOWITZ
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November 02. 2005 8:00AM

Aformer police officer convicted of stalking his ex-girlfriend surrendered to the Belknap County Sheriff's office late yesterday afternoon. After a career that included working as a private investigator, Steven Gubitosi was delivered to the office by a bounty hunter.

Gubitosi was meant to begin serving his 6-month sentence in the Belknap County House of Corrections after the state Supreme Court upheld his conviction last Friday. But Gubitosi, 44, said he was out of town on business this weekend and didn't know that he was meant to report to jail, according to the Belknap County sheriff's office.

"Once he got notified, he came,"Belknap County Detective Sgt. Chris Cost said. Lance Wilkinson, a longtime bounty hunter, said Monday that Gubitosi, who was out on $50,000 cash or corporate surety bail, had agreed to surrender to him.

Gubitosi's extensive law enforcement background lent a twinge of irony to his arrest yesterday.

Prior to his incarceration, Gubitosi worked for a private investigation firm, Cost said, and held an investigator's license. An 18-year employee of the Pembroke Police Department, Gubitosi spent 12 years as sergeant. In 2002, Gubitosi began working as a patrolman for the Bristol Police Department. He resigned in November 2002, after his ex-girlfriend's stalking allegations became public.



He was convicted in Belknap County Superior Court in December 2003 for his actions the night of Sept. 19, 2002. Prosecutors say Gubitosi, a Pembroke resident, drove through the parking lot of Zack's Lakeside Restaurant in Tilton that night, where his ex-girlfriend was with a male companion. Gubitosi then called the restaurant, despite a warning from the Concord Police not to contact her.
Gubitosi appealed to the state Supreme Court, arguing that his cell phone records, which prosecutors used to show he called Zack's that night, were improperly admitted into trial. The court upheld the conviction.

That conviction is only one of several charges of stalking and assault that Gubitosi has faced in recent years.

His ex-girlfriend sought a restraining order against Gubitosi in 2002, after she ended their two-year relationship. He allegedly killed her cat, smashed her car and repeatedly harassed her friends and family with phone calls, according to court documents. She changed her locks out of fear for her safety, documents say.

Last month, Gubitosi was convicted of four counts of stalking and harassment in Merrimack Superior Court, based on incidents between April and October 2002, when the ex-girlfriend lived in Concord. Gubitosi allegedly left a phone message calling her a "whore" and called her more than 50 times in one four-hour period.

On Nov. 22, Gubitosi will temporarily leave Belknap County jail in order to be sentenced in Merrimack Superior Court.

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By SARAH LIEBOWITZ

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