Erie, Pa. Anchor Accused of Fabricating Story About Stalker

By Kevin Eck 

WICU-WSEE anchor and reporter Haley Potter has been arrested after allegedly making false reports of stalking.

Police say they launched an investigation after Potter told them she was being stalked by an unknown person. From WJET in the Erie, Pa., market:

Pennsylvania State Police allege that in April, Potter had reported to the PSP Erie station that she had been a victim of ongoing stalking and harassment from an unknown person. According to the PSP report, Potter said she had first received text messages, followed by phone calls and voicemails. Potter said the text messages showed the unknown person had extensive knowledge about her whereabouts at all times. A handwritten note was then slid under her apartment door. She received flowers from the unknown person at the TV station where she worked.


But Police say she made the whole thing up.

“It was revealed that Potter had been responsible for all of the messages and stalker activity she reported having been the victim of,” said the PSP. “The entire incident had been falsified by Potter and she misled the Pennsylvania State Police over the course of a three-month investigation.”

“Erie News Now has been recently made aware of an alleged situation with one of our employees,” the station told TVSpy. “It is our corporate policy at Erie News Now that we will not offer comment regarding any internal personnel issues or pending legal matters.”

She has been charged with forgery, criminal use of a communication facility, access device fraud, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, identity theft, false swearing to mislead a public servant, unsworn falsification to authorities, false reports to law enforcement implicating another person, false reports to law enforcement reporting an offense that did not occur, tampering/fabricating physical evidence, and disorderly conduct.

Potter’s lawyer told “We have no comment at this time other than we intend to defend against the allegations.”