A man has been arrested for allegedly stalking and sending sexually explicit messages to Nashville actor Maisy Stella. He is now facing felony charges.

The Tennessean reports that 41-year-old Joshua Andrew Stephen Fox, formerly a resident of Miami, Fla., was arrested in Nashville on Tuesday (Nov. 19), following a multiple-year investigation of his actions. He has been charged with aggravated stalking and solicitation of a minor, after reportedly sending messages and images -- including a photo of a women he allegedly kidnapped and raped at gunpoint -- to Stella, who is 15 years old.

According to authorities, Fox first sent Stella a request to meet and have sex when she was 14 years old; NewsChannel 5 reports that he originally contacted the Stella family via their website to tell them he had moved to Nashville "to be with the family." The FBI had been investigating Fox based on his internet activity, and the Stellas filed a police report when he moved to Nashville.

Joshua Andrew Fox Maisy Stella stalker
Metro Nashville Police Department

On Nov. 8, 2018, an FBI agent met Fox in Nashville, near Vanderbilt University, to order him to cease contact with Stella and her family. After that meeting, Fox deactivated his social media accounts, but then reactivated them three days later, on Nov. 11, 2018, and continued to reach out to Stella.

Fox, authorities say, sent Stella approximately 85 messages in a single day, and on Nov. 14, 2018, he sent her the photo of the woman he reportedly kidnapped and raped at gunpoint. Fox was arrested on rape and kidnapping charges the next day in Asheville, N.C., after the woman involved reported the incident.

Per Nashville Metro jail records, Fox posted an $80,000 bond on Tuesday and is expected in court on Thursday (Nov. 21) in relation to the charges involving Stella.

Stella portrayed Daphne Conrad on the TV drama Nashville, which ran from 2012 until 2018. She is part of the musical duo Lennon and Maisy with her older sister, Lennon Stella, who played Daphne's older sister Maddie on Nashville. The Ontario, Canada, natives are the daughters of MaryLynne and Brad Stella, known as the musical duo the Stellas.

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