Robert Sutcliffe, 58, appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with five counts of harassment without violence contrary to section 2(1) and (2) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
Sutcliffe, of Edgerton Road in Huddersfield, was charged on Monday and appeared in court on Tuesday where he entered guilty pleas. He was bailed to appear at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for sentencing.
As he appeared in the dock, Sutcliffe – who left YorkshireLive earlier this year following a suspension – was told the sentencing hearing would be moved back to Leeds Magistrates’ Court and would be adjourned until February 7 to allow reports to be prepared by the Probation Service.
Court documents show the charges relate to four different victims.
The indictment for the first offence stated that Sutcliffe sent numerous unwanted messages and put numerous posts on social media causing the victim to feel harassed, alarmed and distressed. The second offence, against the same victim, related solely to social media posts.
The third and fourth offences relate to text messages.
The indictment for the fifth offence stated that Sutcliffe sent numerous unwanted messages as well as uploading social media posts about the victim, causing her to feel harassed, alarmed and distressed.
Sutcliffe will be sentenced at Leeds Magistrates’ Court and was told he would be bailed on condition that he do not contact any of the victims or post anything on social media about them.