Northeast Times

NE’s fake ‘Batman’ is behind bars

Six days after skip­ping out of a Brook­lyn courtroom with a slap on the wrist, North­east Phil­adelphia’s most in­fam­ous Bat­man im­per­son­at­or found him­self once again be­hind bars loc­ally.

War­rant of­ficers picked up Charles Nagle on Sept. 13 on a bench war­rant res­ult­ing from his al­leged vi­ol­a­tion of pro­ba­tion.

Nagle, 38, of Glen­field Street near Pa­tri­cian Drive in Mod­ena Park, is ac­cused of vi­ol­at­ing his pro­ba­tion in a 1993 child mo­lesta­tion case by stalk­ing act­ress Kath­ryn Erbe of Law and Or­der: Crim­in­al In­tent fame via U.S. mail, In­ter­net and in per­son over a two-year peri­od end­ing in March 2010.

A fed­er­al judge last fall con­victed Nagle of stalk­ing, but on Sept. 7 sen­tenced him to five years pro­ba­tion and $42,000 in resti­tu­tion, spar­ing him a new pris­on sen­tence.

With that case con­cluded, Phil­adelphia au­thor­it­ies leaped in­to ac­tion. Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Joan A. Brown is­sued the VOP war­rant on the basis of his new con­vic­tion as well as the fact that he traveled out of state to see Erbe without re­port­ing the trip to his pro­ba­tion of­ficer.

Spe­cific­ally, Nagle took his wife and two daugh­ters to New York City, where Erbe was film­ing her TV show, in 1998. The act­ress even posed with him for a pic­ture.

But after se­cur­ity guards ushered Nagle away from the set, his tone ap­par­ently evolved from that of en­thu­si­ast­ic fan to creepy har­ass­er. He at­temp­ted to con­tact Erbe and her re­l­at­ives re­peatedly and at one point pos­ted a doctored photo of her 14-year-old daugh­ter on a so­cial net­work­ing site. The pic­ture had a cock­roach drawn on the girl’s face and a dia­logue bubble with the words “I’m ugly.”

At the time of his of­fenses in­volving Erbe, Nagle was still on pro­ba­tion for his sexu­al as­sault of a teen­age girl near his home in 1993. He pleaded guilty to nu­mer­ous charges in that case and in 1996 was sen­tenced to 18 years pro­ba­tion. Nagle was sched­uled for a cus­tody hear­ing on Sept. 21 and is sched­uled for a VOP hear­ing on Oct. 7. ••

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