The letter claimed to be from a mysterious “Weardale woman”, but Miss Bottomley said a DNA lift from the envelope led officers to the home of 56-year-old Alan James Willey – whose sexual prowess was referred to by the supposed female author.
Although police found a draught of one of the letters on Willey’s home computer, he claimed he could not remember sending them.
He denied two counts of malicious communication, conveying an indecent message, but was convicted following a trial before magistrates in April.
Willey, of Lyndgate Square, Wolsingham, was subsequently given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, during which he was ordered to undergo 15 Probation Service supervised rehabilitation activity days.
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