Man accused of concealing ID, stalking ex-wife

Published On: Jun 07 2013 08:44:58 AM CDT
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

A man accused of concealing his true identity is charged with stalking in Dakota County after striking up a relationship online with his ex-wife.

Prosecutors say the man's ex-wife had no idea the man who called himself Aaron Carpenter was actually her ex-husband, Brian Cornelius. Authorities say she "confided intimate details of her life and daily activities" after meeting a man she thought was Carpenter online.

A criminal complaint says the 36-year-old Sturgeon Lake man even persuaded his unknowing ex-wife to skip a court appearance on an order of protection she was seeking against him. The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( ) says Cornelius and the woman were married in 2000, divorced in 2011 and have two children together.

The complaint says Cornelius' ex-wife eventually became suspicious and confronted him about his real identity