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A man accused of putting up a series of “disturbing” posters at a Melbourne train station has been charged with making threats to sexually assault and stalking almost a dozen victims.
Albion man Paul Ryan has been charged with 35 offences including multiple counts of making threat to commit sexual offence, produce child abuse material and stalking.
The 28-year-old appeared via video link at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon from police cells in Broadmeadows.
Police say they began investigating following the discovery of a number of “disturbing” posters at Broadmeadows railway station on November 20.
Officers then found further offensive posters and graffiti at “several” other train stations which mentioned people.
Prosecutor Holly Baxter said there were 11 alleged victims and they needed more time to prepare the brief of evidence because of the volume of evidence.
“There’s hundreds of texts and Facebook messages that’s the basis of this offending,” she told the court.
A series of “disturbing” posters were found at Broadmeadows Train Station on November 20 which prompted police to investigate. Picture: George SalpigtidisSource:News Corp Australia
Documents released by the court allege the offending dated back to October.
Police will allege that Mr Ryan sent “a series of threatening messages and graffiti’d public transport property with explicit and threatening messages” towards the victims.
There was also relevant body-worn camera footage, exhibits that needed to be examined and pornographic material relevant to the case, the court was told.
Defence lawyer Louis Robertson said his client had an intellectual disability and it was his first time in custody.
Mr Ryan was arrested after on Thursday in Melbourne’s CBD and detectives searched his home where posters, spray paints and markers were allegedly uncovered.
It is not clear what is depicted on the posters.
Mr Ryan made no application for bail and is due to face court next year.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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