Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Violet Affleck, Seraphina Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Seraphina Affleck, Steven Burky

Brent/National Photo Group; Santa Monica Police Department

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are close to checking off "take care of obsessive fan" from their list of New Year's resolutions.

The California man accused of harassing the superstar couple and lurking outside their daughter's school has been ordered to stand trial on stalking charges.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Windham ruled Monday that there was sufficient evidence against Steven Richard Burky to warrant a trial on two felony counts of stalking and two felony misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order.

Burky, 37, was arrested last month a block from the Santa Monica nursery school attended by 4-year-old Violet Affleck, the older of the couple's two daughters, in violation of a protective order.

Police alleged in a criminal complaint that he "made a credible threat" that prompted Garner "to fear for her safety and the safety of her immediate family."

The court had already deemed Burky a serious problem in 2002, prohibiting him from coming within 100 yards of the family after repeatedly trying to contact the couple.

Burky currently remains behind bars on $300,000 bail. He is expected to return to the Airport Branch Courthouse for arraignment on Jan. 19.


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