Police charge man with numerous stalking offences

Joondalup Detectives have charged a 33-year-old man with stalking numerous women as a result of their ongoing and extensive investigation into his alleged activities.

It will be alleged between January 2018 and May 2020 the man engaged multiple women on various dating sites purporting to be looking for a relationship. The encounters began innocently however after a short period of time he would seek deeply personal information and intimate images from the women. It is alleged over a short period of time he would message the women in excess of 100 times a day and become increasingly hostile and threatening towards them.

It is further alleged when the victims attempted to end communication with him he began stalking them using the dating sites, various social media platforms, pay phones, encrypted messages applications as well as using false names and multiple phone numbers.

The man also allegedly contacted family members of some of the victims after he used social media to identify them. He would threaten them with physical harm and also threaten to release intimate images of the victim to them.

The 33-year-old man from Banksia Grove has been charged with 23 offences including Aggravated Stalking, Stalking, Threats and Common Assault relating to 20 victims.

He is due to appear before the Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday, 3 July 2020.

As online dating and the use of social media applications to meet people continue to grow in popularity, the community is urged to refer to the Australian Government website www.staysmart.online.gov.au for safety information and to report suspicious behaviour to police.

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