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Colne man sent indecent pictures
6:48pm Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
A MIDDLE-AGED man e-mailed a woman in her 20s two pictures of himself ‘in a state of undress’, a court heard.
Burnley magistrates were told how William Townend, now 54, was said to have been in a ‘bad place’ at the time and had been drinking heavily after the breakdown of his marriage weeks before.
The hearing was told the victim was caused a great deal of distress by the indecent photographs, sent in November 2011.
Townend, of Walton Street, Colne, admitted sending a letter/communication/article conveying an indecent/offensive message.
He was given a 12-month conditional discharge, with a restraining order for a year and must pay £50 costs.
Carl Gaffney, prosecuting, said it was accepted by the crown the defendant was in a bad place when the offence took place.
She reported it to the police and when he was spoken to, he admitted it and apologised.
There had been no further incidents since.
Catherine Fell, for Townend, said: “At the time, he was drinking cider and whisky and was smoking cannabis.
“He has now been able to sort his life out and get back on track.”