A 39-year-old Frankston man has been charged over a series of harassing phone calls to a national sporting official.
Detectives from the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit charged the man with stalking and using a carriage service to menace after police searched the man’s property yesterday in response to reports he had acquired the official’s mobile phone number and proceeded to repeatedly call and leave menacing voicemails. The alleged offences occurred on July 31 and August 1.
The man was bailed to appear in Frankston Magistrates Court on May 4 next year.
In a statement, Victoria Police said it took any threat against a person extremely seriously and vowed to investigate incidents “to the fullest extent”.
“Anyone seeking to cause harm online or via a telecommunications device needs to remember there are serious consequences to their actions which can have devastating effects for victims,” the statement said. “This behaviour is not on. It’s criminal, and Victoria Police will hold people to account for their actions.”
To report seriously threatening, intimidating, harassing or humiliating behaviour, contact your nearest police station or – in an emergency – phone triple zero.