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Birmingham prisoner sentenced after harassing teenager

33 year old Carlos Boente Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Carlos Boente is a serving prisoner at HMP Birmingham

A prisoner who bombarded a woman with thousands of text messages has been sentenced to five years for harassment.

Carlos Boente, 33, a serving prisoner at HMP Birmingham, began texting the 19-year-old in November 2013, police said.

Boente was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle, harassment and possession of a prohibited item at Birmingham Crown Court.

West Midlands Police said the woman "lived in fear for months".

Boente, formerly of Gillott Road, Edgbaston, denied all the charges against him and he was cleared of threats to kill.

Det Con Vanessa Lewis said: "This is a highly unusual case which demonstrates Boente's ability to control, manipulate and harass young women.

"Boente has a proven history of violence and, at the time of these crimes, he was serving a prison sentence for similar harassment offences."

West Midlands Police said the stress caused by Boente's actions led to family members giving up their jobs and selling their homes, while the victim felt she had "lost control" of her life.

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