Police allege man sent sex text messages to 30 women

POLICE have swooped on a lonely "desperado" who allegedly trawled classified advertisements to anonymously send sexual text messages to at least 30 women.

The 44-year-old Little Mountain man has been issued with a notice to appear in court, accused of using a carriage service to cause offence.

Police took action after women came forward about the sexual messages they had received in reply to their "for sale" ads.

They allege the man, whose name has not been released, found the women's numbers on community noticeboards in the Caloundra area and in the classified section of newspapers.

The man allegedly targeted advertisements that indicated a woman was the seller of items such as baby clothes.

Caloundra CIB officer-in-charge Dave Harbison said the man was "not a bad bloke", but a "desperado" attempting to win over women.

"The texts occurred more so in recent weeks, but there have been instances from at least May, 2011," Detective Senior Sergeant Harbison alleged.

"The nature of the texts was suggestive and sexual and he went straight into it when he texted the women.

"He usually a minute later would text the woman again and say, 'Sorry, I've got the wrong person', hoping he would get the odd one (text) back."

The charges relate to a 61-year-old female as the primary offence.

"He texted women of all ages. He was basically looking for handwriting of women or answering women's ads.

"He (the alleged offender) was remorseful. He is not a bad person - just seems like a loner desperado attempting to win over women.

"We urge women not to reply to unwanted, unsolicited text messages and report them to police through Crime Stoppers or Policelink."

The man will appear in the Caloundra Magistrates Court on May 16.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or through crimestoppers.

Topics:  sunshine coast crime sunshine coast police

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