A man who police say has a long history of arrests was charged Friday night with violating an active protective order when he was spotted near his ex-wife's house on Sedan Terrace around 7:30 p.m.

Erik Sporre, 42, was standing a few houses away from the ex-wife's residence and directing a friend who had gone on the property to retrieve a motorcycle from the garage. The two were pushing the motorcycle down the driveway when officers arrived, according to the report.

The protective order was issued on Feb. 12, but does not expire until Feb. 1, 2062, police said.

The state's judicial website indicates Sporre, who lives on Harrell Avenue in Bridgeport, pled guilty in 2006 to attempt to commit third-degree assault in a Westport case, and to driving under the influence and engaging police in pursuit, also in Westport. In both cases, his sentence was suspended and he was put on probation.

In 2009, he pled guilty in a Fairfield case of third-degree assault and violation of probation; he was sentenced to one year in jail, but the sentence suspended and he was placed on probation for the assault charge.

Sporre was charged in September, 2011 by Fairfield police with third-degree criminal mischief for which he was sentenced to four months of jail time. He was picked up by Fairfield police again in October 2011 for violating conditions of release and violation of probation. Sporre was issued a one-year jail term, suspended, for the violation of conditions of release. That same month, Sporre was charged with second-degree breach of peace and given a four-month sentence. He was picked on the same charge in December 2011 and received a three-month sentence.

After Friday's arrest, Sporre was held on a $50,000 and was scheduled to have appeared Monday appear in Bridgeport Superior Court.