WARREN, Mich., July 17 -- A suburban Detroit judge Wednesday ordered a former coach held on an unusually steep $3 million bond on charges he stalked young women by telephone. 'You are a danger to the community,' District Judge Walter Jakubowski Jr. said as he ordered the bail for Edward Lightfoot, 25. A preliminary exam was set for July 30. Lightfoot was charged with one count of aggravated felony stalking and one count of making an obscene phone call to a 16-year-old girl. The bail of $1.5 million on each count is unusual for a case not involving violent physical assault. Police say Lightfoot used the phone to stalk young women, sometimes calling them more than 50 times a day from phone booths and even from jail, collect. The judge said he set the large bond to keep Lightfoot away from phones. He also stripped the defendant of inmate phone privileges except to call his lawyer, with a jailer present. Lightfoot, who turned himself in to police after a weeklong search, could be charged in several Detroit communities. Police said he moved from suburb to suburb to avoid capture. Since 1991 Lightfoot has been arrested 13 times for obscene phone calls, convicted five times and jailed three times. If convicted on the stalking charge, he could get up to five years in prison. He's also charged with one count of making an obscene call to a 16-year-old girl. Police said Lightfoot tracked down girls featured as the 'student of the week' in a suburban newspaper.
The defendant worked as an assistant youth softball and basketball coach for the Warren parks department before being dismissed due to his arrests. Warren Police Sgt. Edward Tomlinson said jail had failed to stop Lightfoot in the past. 'He calls them from jail -- collect. They accept the call not knowing who it is.' Victims were called at home and at work. Some got cards in the mail. 'He likes female athletes,' said Tomlinson. 'He's gone to their games and called one of the girls, who's 16 now, for a couple years. It scares them. And we have reports of him calling girls from 14 years old to 22.'