A Westchester library board trustee has been charged with stalking a woman whose family rents a property from the library board, prosecutors said today.
Timothy Hinsdale, 60, was ordered held in lieu of $20,000 bail in a hearing before Maywood Branch Court Judge Stanley Hill this morning, after being charged with felony stalking and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, according to court records.
For about the last three years, Hinsdale has harassed a 22-year-old woman and her family, who have lived in and rented a building owned by the Westchester Public Library, for which he is a trustee, said Lisa Gordon, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney’s office.
Hinsdale, of the 1600 block of Kensington Avenue in the west suburb, was arrested by Westchester police on Oct. 8, according to court records. He stalked the woman, including taking photographs of her, on Oct. 8 and also in August, prosecutors said.
Hinsdale had originally been the library's liaison with the family but when he was taken off that duty in 2010, he started harassing the family, including minor incidents such as making obscene gestures at them when he saw them, but also other, more severe types of harassment, prosecutors said.
In August, the woman was with friends in a car when, after stopping at a red light, Hinsdale pulled up next to them, took out his cell phone, and appeared to be taking a photograph or video of the woman, prosecutors said.
On Oct. 8, the woman was standing outside her home when she saw Hinsdale parked nearby, and he again held his phone toward her, with the phone's camera flash going off as he pointed it at her, prosecutors said.
Hill ordered that if Hinsdale is released on bond, he should have no contact with the victim and should be placed on electronic monitoring, according to court records.
Hinsdale is scheduled to appear in Maywood Branch Court Room 113 again on Oct. 18, according to court records. Prosecutors said Hinsdale is a library trustee and the Westchester Public Library's website lists him as one.