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Ryan Seacrest's Alleged Stalker Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr. Ordered To Stand Trial

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NEW YORK (CBS) Ryan Seacrest's alleged stalker was ordered Tuesday to stand trial after being arrested last year for following the "American Idol" host.

Photo: Ryan Seacrest.

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Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Greg Dohi ruled there was enough evidence to hold Army Reservist Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr., who faces up to four years in prison. He is charged with stalking, as well as two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order.

Photo: Army reservist Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr.

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Uzomah was arrested last year after he appeared at the E! Entertainment Television headquarters and tried to see Seacrest, whose TV show is produced at the location.

A restraining order petition filed by Seacrest's attorneys stated Uzomah was carrying a knife.

"His aggressive and violent efforts to come into physical contact with me are extremely frightening to me," Seacrest wrote in a declaration for the restraining order. "They have jeopardized not only my personal safety, but also the safety and well-being of those around me."

It is not Uzomah's first brush with the law related to his alleged Seacrest obsession.

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The twenty-five-year-old is on probation after pleading guilty last September to assault, battery and carrying a switchblade knife after he attempted to meet Seacrest after an event and attacked one of the radio and television host's bodyguards.

Uzomah is a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve and serves as a combat medic. He first joined the Army National Guard in 2005 and was honorably discharged earlier this year, but returned to the Reserve last August.

  • Ryan Smith

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