COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to harassing a county sheriff in the state for nearly 20 years via letters, emails and websites.

A criminal affidavit filed last year said the harassment began in 1999 when Columbus resident William Young was arrested by a Delaware County officer on a menacing charge.

Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin wasn’t identified in the affidavit but confirmed in a statement that he was that officer and has been subject to harassment ever since.

Young pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to a charge of cyberstalking. He faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. No sentencing date was set.

A message was left with Young’s attorney seeking comment on the plea.

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