Man accused of sending lewd Facebook messages to teen

A MARRIED man accused of sending lewd images to a 16-year-old girl he met on Facebook has been denied bail and will spend Christmas in jail.

Ashley Shane Case, 27, was arrested on Monday and charged with seven offences of using a carriage service to menace and unlawful stalking.

He appeared in custody in Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday where graphic details of his alleged offences against three young women were mentioned.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Natalie Kieseker said Case had befriended a 16-year-old girl on Facebook and on October 15 had messaged her to say she looked sexy and he thought of her when masturbating.

Snr Const. Kieseker said a series of lewd messages were sent in the proceeding months as well as attempts to try to find out where she lived.

"He asked if she lived in or near a certain street in Toowoomba," Snr Const Kieseker said.

She said the girl received a photo on November 18 of a man's naked mid-section with his penis exposed.

Screenshots of sex acts were also alleged to have been sent.

She said the girl had not responded to any of the messages in the hope they would stop.

"This behaviour is certainly concerning.

"My submission is stalking may start out minor and get more serious as it goes along."

Defence solicitor Divina De Leon said her client had worked for Toowoomba Regional Council for 11 years.

Ms De Leon said he was recently separated from his wife.

She said after meeting each of his victims, her client had gone on to send messages that were intimidating or pornographic.

In applying for his bail, she suggested conditions including he not be allowed to have a phone capable of transmitting pictures and have no access to computers.

She said her client also had no previous criminal history.

Magistrate Damian Carroll recited some of the allegations relating to the other two victims, including multiple unwanted contacts and sending of pornographic images.

Mr Carroll deemed Case an unacceptable risk of continuing his behaviour and refused his bail.

His case was adjourned until January 24, 2014.

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