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Man broke order of protection on ex−wife: DA

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Jackson Heights man was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly violating an order of protection that mandated he not come within 100 yards of his ex−wife’s home or workplace, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Monday.

Cesar Torres, 46, of 96−25 76th St., was the first person to be caught by a new electronic tracking program law officials implemented last year. The program, Operation Exclusion Zone, made it so Torres had to wear an ankle bracelet that notified officials when he got too close to his ex−wife’s workplace on Roosevelt Avenue last week, Brown said.

Torres’ movements were being monitored by Rocky Mountain Offender management, a Denver−based company that monitors domestic violence offenders who wear a global positioning device. If a defendant crosses into a prohibited zone, an alarm sounds and the victim is alerted to the trespass via text message. The Denver technicians also alerted police.

Torres was arrested and ordered held on $5,000 bail Nov. 26. He was due back in court Tuesday. He faces up to one year in prison if convicted.

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