A former adjunct professor at Harrisburg Area Community College's Lancaster campus has been arrested and charged with stalking and harassing a former student.
Daniel E. Shaffer, 40, who taught sociology at three HACC campuses, was arrested Friday morning in a room he rented at 1016 Woods Ave.
Shaffer was charged on a felony stalking and harassment warrant issued by University of Delaware police. He has been extradited to Delaware and as of Friday was being held at Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $6,000 bail.
Shaffer, who is no longer a HACC faculty member, had a brief relationship with one of his female students at HACC's Harrisburg campus in 2006, according to state Trooper Richard Drum of the Eastern District U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force, which made the arrest.
Drum, citing a police affidavit for the arrest warrant, said judging by text messages, phone calls and e-mails Shaffer sent to the woman, the three-month relationship in 2006 had been sexual.
"He was told, 'Hey, knock it off!' " Drum said. But Shaffer persisted, even after the woman transferred to the University of Delaware.
"Some of the e-mails had led her to believe that he was coming down there to do something," said Drum. "She got to the point where she feared for her own safety."
University police even had to provide a security detail at the woman's graduation ceremonies, he said.
Shaffer, who is not married, last taught at HACC's Lancaster campus last fall, according to HACC spokeswoman Pam Saylor. He continued teaching at another HACC campus as recently as May.
Shaffer also faces two misdemeanor charges in Harrisburg stemming from the case, Drum said.
The task force arrested two other fugitives Friday.
• Shnequa Gordon, 23, of Wilkes-Barre, was arrested at an apartment in the 300 block of N. Duke St. on an arson charge issued by Wilkes-Barre police.
• Steven Delgado-Gonzalez, 22, was arrested at his residence in the 500 block of N. Lime St. He was wanted by New York City police on a felony criminal mischief charge and a felony criminal trespass charge pending since 2006.
The task force is made up of officers from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, city police, state police and state parole agents.