Facebook hate sees ex-soldier charged

Summary:Following email threats made against a senior army officer and a Facebook "hate page", the NSW Police have laid charges against an ex-member of the Australian Defence Force.

in brief Following email threats made against a senior army officer and a Facebook "hate page", the NSW Police have laid charges against an ex-member of the Australian Defence Force.

The police have alleged that the ex-soldier sent threats via email relating to the officer's sexuality and started a Facebook group naming the officer and other members of the Australian Defence Force in what is alleged as an "attempt to identify them as homosexual".

The 32-year-old man was subsequently charged with a count of using a carriage service to threaten and using a carriage service to menace, harass and cause offence.

The man, arrested this morning at Surry Hills Police Station, will appear before court on 3 June.

Topics: Legal, Government, Government : AU, Social Enterprise

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