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Texting pest became fixated on exotic masseuse

A MAN who menaced an exotic masseuse by sending her dozens of obscene texts has faced court.

Clifford John Browne, 41, found the woman's phone number advertised in the adult services section of a newspaper's classified advertisements and became fixated on her.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Browne sent the woman 62 text messages between November 4 and 13.

The Springfield Lakes woman made a complaint to police who interviewed Browne.

He confessed he had sent the messages but said he stopped about November 5, and only started again when he "received a threatening phone call from someone pretending to be a cop".

The messages were tendered to the magistrate and the court heard they were offensive and obscene.

Browne pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

He was fined $550.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Browne was affected by alcohol when he sent the texts.

Mr Fairclough said Browne was a traffic controller and had no criminal history of a like nature.

The court took into account Browne's confession and co-operation with police.

Topics:  ipswich magistrates court, texting, using a carriage service to menace and harass



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