MARIETTA: The lawyer for a highway patrol commander accused of stalking a subordinateís wife after an affair raised questions in court about the womanís credibility when she acknowledged continuing contact with him, including taking a cruise to the Caribbean.

Lt. William Elschlager of the Marietta post is charged with menacing by stalking and an abduction count related to allegations that he used a patrol vehicle to stop the woman for speeding. Elschlager hasnít entered a plea.

His case advanced Thursday to Washington County court for possible consideration by a grand jury after the woman testified in municipal court.

But under questioning by Elschlagerís defense attorney, she acknowledged that she took a cruise with him in September, accepted concert tickets from him and got his help paying for Christmas gifts for her child.

His attorney, George Cosenza, said the woman claiming to be scared of Elschlager had hugged him in thanks for favors. Cosenza said that apparent contradiction should raise questions about her credibility.

Elschlager has been on home confinement under electronic monitoring. The State Highway Patrol said heíll be on paid administrative leave while it investigates whether he violated work rules.