Bristol Palin Safe for a Year from Ring-Popping Stalker

1/26/2013 6:10 AM PST
Bristol Palin can rest a little easier now (at least for the next year) because a judge has ordered a deranged fan to stay away from the Palin brood for the next 365 days.

As TMZ first reported, Bristol filed for a temporary restraining order against a Texas man named Michael Cummings after he allegedly sent her a creepy note (along with an engagement ring) that read "I (heart) you." Bristol claimed he also showed up at her mom's house in an attempt to track her down.

A judge in Alaska has now granted the "Dancing With the Stars" all-star a one-year protective order against Cummings ... ordering him to stay away from both Bristol and her 4-year-old son, Tripp.

If Bristol feels she needs to extend the order after the year is up, she can apply for a new protective order two weeks before this one ends.