Man set up false profiles on ‘no strings’ dating websites following rejection

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A SPURNED online dating partner set up false profiles for a woman who rejected him on “no strings” dating websites and gave her personal details to strangers, Northampton magistrates heard.

Elliot Davies, of Oriel Close, Wolverton, admitted hacking into the woman’s email account and giving her landline, mobile number and business address to more than 15 men between October 19 and November 15 last year.

Magistrates were last week told the woman, who lives in Northamptonshire, had become worried every time her phone rang after she received a series of suggestive texts from strangers claiming to have spoken to her online, as well as phone calls and visits to her business.

Prosecuting, Keith Taylor described a “somewhat unusual” case of harassment.

He said Mr Davies, 40, met the victim on an internet dating site in August 2011.

Mr Taylor said: “She described the relationship as being a little one-sided.

“She wasn’t keen on maintaining a long-term relationship and Mr Davies had problems coming to terms with that.”

Five days after declining to see Davies for a third time, the victim began receiving “numerous messages” on her mobile phone from men she did not know.

Two men called her at work and told her they had taken her number from “no strings attached” dating websites, neither of which the victim had used.

Mr Taylor said: “She was worried every time her phone went and scared at her place of work.

“She was distressed and scared for her personal safety.”

Davies was identified with the help of internet service providers and he admitted arranging for several men to meet the woman at her business.

Mr Taylor said: “He stated that after two face-to-face meetings she got into his head and heart and he was really upset she wouldn’t continue the relationship.”

Defending, Murray Holmes said: “He has expressed remorse.”

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report.