Man charged with stalking 'DWTS' contestant

Associated Press - March 26, 2009 7:13 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California authorities say a man drove from Florida to Los Angeles to stalk Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shawn Johnson.

The 17-year-old Johnson is currently appearing on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

Police say they arrested 34-year-old Robert O'Ryan Tuesday as he tried to climb over a security fence at the studios where the show is taped. They say in his car, they found love letters to Johnson, along with duct tape and two loaded guns.

Johnson's mother Teri says police have told her O'Ryan thinks he is meant to have a child with Shawn.

He's being held on gun charges and a felony count of stalking. O'Ryan's bail has been raised from $35,000 to $220,000. If convicted, he could get four years in prison.

In the meantime, Johnson's parents have requested a restraining order.

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