- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man has pleaded guilty to third-degree harassment for sending Facebook messages to a Burlington police officer, calling him several derogatory names.

Jesse Edward Whalen, 40, pleaded guilty Monday in Des Moines County Associate Court to communicating with the intent to intimidate, annoy or alarm another person through social media, The Hawk Eye reported (https://bit.ly/VPsMFa ).

Court documents show Whalen was upset with the way he thought the officer treated a relative during a July traffic stop.

Investigators say they tried to contact Whalen about the Facebook messages, but left a message with his relatives when he could not be found.

Court records show Whalen went to the police department and admitted to sending the messages to the officer.

“He said he was frustrated … and should not have sent the messages,” according to a court document. “Whalen was placed under arrest for harassment.”

He was later released and ordered to appear in court to face the charges.

Whalen was fined $300, plus $105 in surcharges and $60 in court costs.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com


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