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Leuchars soldier sent rape threats on Tinder dating app

Dundee Sheriff Court

A soldier who sent a string of rape threats to a woman via dating app Tinder has been sentenced to 300 hours of unpaid work.

Nathan Brown, 23, admitted sending a series of explicit, "extremely sexual" messages through the app on 9 December 2015, at an address in north-east Fife.

Brown, who is based at the former RAF base in Leuchars, had previously spoken to the woman on Tinder.

He was also put on the sex offenders register for five years.

Fiscal depute Joanne Smith told Dundee Sheriff Court: "She [the victim] became uncomfortable with the content and nature of his messages, in particular on 9 December when she woke up to a number of messages sent by him.

"The messages caused her alarm."

Threatening and sexual

She added: "At 04:27 she received a message which was extremely sexual in nature and then received a further two messages of a similar nature at 07:52 and 07:59.

"She replied at 08:00 which aggravated the accused and he replied with a further message of a sexual nature at 8.15am."

An hour later Brown sent a further message apologising for his earlier comments - wishing the woman good luck over "what she is hoping to find on Tinder".

The woman contacted police and Brown was traced and interviewed.

Brown admitted making the comments and said he had got drunk the night before.

Brown, of RAF Leuchars, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to engaging in a course of conduct which caused a woman fear and alarm by contacting her by telephone and repeatedly sending her messages of a threatening and sexual nature.

'Rigid approach'

Solicitor William Boyle, defending, said: "The army take a pretty rigid approach to this.

"He has his commanding officer here today and he has told me that if he was sentenced to around 100 hours unpaid work he won't get dismissed from the service.

"If he is at liberty they will offer him support.

"But I, and they, do not want to try to bargain with the court."

Sheriff Alastair Brown said: "These offences fully justify a significant prison sentence.

"You have never been in trouble before and a direct alternative to prison is available.

"For that reason and for only that reason I move away from that."

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