A man under a restraining order from his former wife for more than a half-century and wanted on a warrant stemming from a domestic violence incident was picked up by Fairfield police Thursday afternoon at the downtown Bridgeport Public Library.

Erik J. Sporre, 45, who now lives on Boston Avenue in Bridgeport, was charged with falsely reporting an incident, first-degree stalking, second-degree harassment, violation of a standing criminal restraining order and threatening.

Sporre's criminal restraining order limiting contact with his former wife, a Fairfield resident, is in effect until 2071, police said.

Detectives following up on the case learned earlier this week that Sporre had sent multiple emails to the ex-wife that were perceived as threatening, according to the report.

The report states that Sporre has been arrested in the past for strangulation, assault, disorderly conduct, stalking and breach of peace. In 2010, according to the report, Norwalk police alleged Sporre tried to hire someone to kill his former wife for $5, and in 2011, two days after being released from jail, his ex-wife's car was stolen from her driveway. It was later found, with no damage to the ignition and police said Sporre reportedly was the only other person with a key.

His defense lawyer and former marriage therapist both claimed in 2012 that Sporre had harassed them.

Sporre was taken into custody without incident at the library and was held on a $50,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear April 6 in state Superior Court in Bridgeport.