UE, a 21 year old male college student, had worked with ND, a female in her mid-twenties, for a number of summers. In the summer of 2021 UE was let go from his work due to a poor performance review he had been given by ND. That poor performance review festered in UE’s mind for almost a year. In May of 2022 UE began sending ND and her superiors at the place of work a disturbing barrage of angry text messages. The messages threatened to accuse ND and her superiors of various crimes. The messages referred to ND using the “C” word and were laced with profanity. ND went to court and obtained an emergency harassment prevention order against UE. The order was served on UE and was scheduled for a hearing in Haverhill District Court on June 30, 2022.
UE’s parents contacted Attorney Robert Lewin from Andover. Attorney Lewin met with UE and his parents via zoom. UE’s parents retained Attorney Lewin. UE sent Attorney Lewin all the text messages that he had sent to ND and her superiors. The texts were disturbing; but Attorney Lewin noticed that the texts did not contain any threats to physically harm ND or to physically harm her property. Attorney Lewin explained to UE and his parents that the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts had ruled that in order to grant an harassment prevention order based on fear, the person seeking the order must prove that they had been placed in fear of physical harm or fear of physical damage to property.
On June 30, 2022 (only four days after being retained) Attorney Lewin and UE and his parents appeared in Haverhill District Court. ND was also present. The case was called and ND got up and told the Judge about all the messages and gave the Judge a folder of all the text messages printed out. The Judge read the messages. The Judge turned to Attorney Lewin and asked if Attorney Lewin wanted to question ND. Attorney Lewin responded “I have just two questions”. Attorney Lewin turned toward ND and asked her if UE had ever threatened to cause her physical harm,. ND replied no. Attorney Lewin asked her if UE had ever threatened to physically harm her property. ND replied no.