Perry man faces harassment charge after flurry of calls, texts

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Chad William Worthington, 24, of Perry was arrested Monday on a charge of third-degree harassment.

A Perry man was arrested Monday evening after allegedly sending more than 100 harassing text messages and making 30 harassing phone calls to a former girlfriend over the course of the day.

Chad William Worthington, 24, of 2952 Kading Road, Perry, was charged with third-degree harassment.

Officers of the Perry Police Department responded to a report of harassment in the 2900 block of Kading Road in Perry about 8:15 p.m. Monday.

According to court records, the victim showed police her cell phone, with evidence of 119 text messages, 30 phone calls and two voice messages. The victim said all the communication occurred Monday.

The victim said the communications “caused her to be worried, scared and annoyed because she did not want to be contacted by” Worthington. She said the alleged harassment began after she asked Worthington to cease all contact with her.

According to court records, an example of the text messages included Worthington’s allegedly “threatening to get the victim fired from her job.” In another text message, he allegedly said, “Bye bitch see you in hell.”

Worthington “admitted to sending some messages to the victim and calling her,” according to court records.

Worthington was held in the Dallas County Jail prior to being released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled for a pretrial conference March 26 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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