A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to four years of supervised probation for allegedly making harassing telephone calls to business throughout the state and country, and even internationally. According to the sexual offense charges brought against the man, he reportedly made several thousand calls to women working in restaurants and banks, during which he would ask them about a very specific piece of their attire: pantyhose.
The man has allegedly been calling women at businesses since he got a cell phone five years ago. When questioned by police, he reportedly said that he got the businesses' phone numbers from telephone books, travel guides, and television. He also told police that he made more than 400 phone calls in a single day in September of last year.
Soon after that record day, employees of a Pennsylvania Hooters restaurant called the local police to report a man who was making obscene telephone calls to female employees. The employees were able to identify the man's phone number, and he was tracked and arrested by police.
The man had already been charged with harassment at the time of that arrest, and was later sentenced to nine to 24 months in prison on that earlier charge which he began serving in February. It is not known how much of that sentence he has left to serve.
Following his second arrest, he pleaded guilty to five separate cases of harassment, and was sentenced to four years of supervised probation. The presiding judge stated that he hopes the sentence will be long enough for the man to get "the treatment he needs" in order that he "does not reoffend."
Source: The Patriot-News, "Shiremanstown man sentenced for making thousands of obscene phone calls," Dan Miller, Oct. 25, 2011
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