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Man in trouble for sending cellphone photos of himself
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Texting has landed a Sparta man in hot water as he has been bound to the grand jury on charges he sent illicit photos and harassing texts to a local couple.The suspect, Clifford S. Betchel, 28, was bound to the grand jury Tuesday by Judge Larry Ross in General Sessions Court on charges of distribution of obscene material and harassment.The charges come after a Bluff Springs Road couple reported the suspect had sent them unwanted texts and pictures.The male victim maintained Betchel sent him an obscene picture.“Mr. Betchel sent nude photos of his private body parts to my cellphone,” the male victim said in his warrant against Betchel. “I do not know his thinking or his purpose for doing this.”Meanwhile the female victim also characterized Betchel’s texts as vulgar, noting he sent her unwanted texts on at least six occasions, some of those texts coming in the pre-dawn hours.“He has continued to text unwanted the vulgar messages to my private cellphone,” the woman said in her warrant against Betchel, noting he was warned not to text her except to check on the well-being of their young daughter.The woman pointed out the texts are coming from Betchel’s cellphone as she listed the number on the warrant against him.

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