While in custody at the Isanti County Jail, a Brook Park man allegedly violated a no contact order and is now facing 16 new felony charges.
Scott Arlen Lange, 51, was charged Sept. 14 before Judge John Klossner in Isanti County District Court in Cambridge with 16 felony counts of violating a no contact order within 10 years of the first of two or more convictions. Bail was set at $100,000 and his next court appearance for Oct. 3.
According to the criminal complaint, the alleged violations occurred July 26-28 while Lange was in custody and used his Isanti County Jail issued iPod to send-receive approximately 178 text messages to-from five different phone numbers, all believed to belong to the protected person under the domestic abuse no contact order. Lange also called the protected person numerous times during this same period.
“Even if an individual is in jail, they still can commit crimes from jail,” said Isanti County Sheriff Chris Caulk. “It’s our job to do our due diligence and monitor an inmate’s communication with the outside world and not contact their victims. And according to this criminal complaint, he allegedly did this 16 times.”
Caulk explained jail issued iPods can only be used to send and receive text messages, and no picture messages can be sent. He explained there aren’t any taxpayer dollars associated with the use of the iPods and the inmates pay to rent-lease the device, and pay 9 cents for each text message that is sent and received. He also mentioned that just like the jail telephone phones, the iPods are monitored and recorded.
According to court records, Lange was convicted of second-degree murder in June 1992 in Pine County District Court for killing a Pine County deputy sheriff in August 1991 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Also, Lange was convicted of felony third-degree assault in Isanti County in March 2009 and gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault from Kanabec County in August 2014.
According to the criminal complaint:
The text messages included several distinct conversations, occurring over different blocks of time, with significant gaps in time separating the various conversations. These conversations were not only broken by time, but also by subject matter, and by phone number, as the protected person had various phone numbers available to contact which Lange utilized.
Within the conversations it is evident that Lange is talking to the same person, despite the use of differing numbers; a tactic that Lange specifically suggests in order to make it harder for law enforcement to figure out and prevent. Of the five different numbers used by the protected person, all five numbers include, at some point, the utilization of coded messages.
Also found within the text from two of these five phone numbers are discussions of Lange’s family where he uses the phrase “my dad,” or “my family” and “my sis.”
On July 26, Lange texts a total of 16 times without any response. He then sends a text to another person asking her to call his “friend” and see if they are okay. The friend asks what friend, to which Lange responds, “I can’t (sic) say.” Shortly thereafter the friend responds, “Ur friend is okay.”
In addition to the text messages from Lange to the protected person, Lange places several phone calls to her as well.
On July 28, Lange and the protected person speak over the phone three times. The next day they talk again three more times.
At 7:52 a.m. Lange is discussing with the protected person the need to remove the no contact order.
The protected person asks Lange if the no contact order would allow for her to write letters to him. Lange said he doesn’t know, but thinks she is prevented from talking-writing to him, just as he is prevented from contacting her. Before the call is terminated,
Lange stresses the importance, once again, that the charges have to be dropped and the no contact order has to be lifted.
In a later conversation, the protected person responds that maybe they should not talk, but follow the rules in order to not get
Lange into more trouble. Lange responds they cannot prove anything and keeps talking.