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You should hire a local attorney for a very limited purpose. You just want a letter written on attorney letterhead, as that tends to scare people. The attorney needs to send a "cease and desist" letter, threatening a lawsuit for defamation of character if the behavior continues. The attorney will understand how to draw out the elements of the claim. However, you don't want to use the attorney to actually sue. That's too expensive and the returns on these claims aren't great. You just want the letter.
Then, if the behavior continues, sue by yourself in small claims court. That would give you some damages and would force this person in front of a judge, which tends to shut people up quickly.
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You could go through that process too, but the letter was the fastest option which is was I recommended it.
If you go down to your county court house, you can file for a restraining order but that has to go through a hearing process. While you certainly have evidence to support it, it still takes some time before the person would even know about it.
Contacting the police in these situations really has very little effect UNTIL you have the protection order, so you would need to get the protection order first for the most efficiency.
Before all that could get done though, a local attorney could send a letter today or tomorrow.
But certainly, you could use the protection order route.
I just wanted to add that the other difficulty with the "harassment" charging is that each individual would have to file their own protection order, because protection orders rarely extend beyond yourself and those in your immediate household.
So, if someone wasn't on there, the former employer could end up contacting them.
The defamation suit would allow a judge to issue an injunction concerning the type of communication itself, rather than trying to identify any person. Then communications concerning the subject matter, no matter who he made them to, would be in violation of that injunction.
Police aren't going to get involved until you are talking about threats of violence being directed at you through various means.
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