TOWN OF AMSTERDAM - A Schenectady man sent repeated crude and harassing messages to a woman in Montgomery County after overhearing her cell number as she ordered food from a restaurant, state police said.
Corey Coulter, 50, of Schenectady, now faces one count of second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor, state police said.
The investigation began Aug. 12 as troopers in Fonda received a complaint from a woman who reported getting a series of harassing text messages on her cell phone, state police said.
The woman reported initially getting texts from the unknown number that seemed innocuous. The messages then became crude and harassing, troopers said.
The sender also used the woman's name and physical description in the messages, suggesting they were familiar with one another, but the sender refused to identify himself, state police said.
Troopers soon used phone records to track the unknown number to Coulter, state police said.
"Investigation revealed that the victim had been overheard by Coulter when she was placing a food order over the phone, and had provided her cell phone number to the restaurant," a state police release reads.
Coulter was arrested and released to appear in Town of Amsterdam Court at a later date.