WILTON — Police say a Wilton man faces a charge of harassment after they received several complaints about him making racial slurs and comments to neighbors.

Peter Ankers, 56, was arrested on the misdemeanor charge Wednesday when police learned he had violated an harassment order. The order was issued after the last documented offense, police Chief Heidi Wilcox said.

Because the charge is considered a hate crime, the Maine Office of the Attorney General will be notified, she said.

The harassment has been verbal and intimidating, Wilcox said. Wilton police have received several complaints about harassment toward this family, including their children. They have three documented incidents but it has been going on for more than a year, she said.

The family held back on making complaints because they wanted to get along, the police chief said. They said they are here to find a better life for their family, she said.

Ankers posted $1,000 unsecured bail and was released from the Franklin County jail. He is scheduled to appear in court July 29.

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