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Raymond man jailed for leaving explicit messages for neighbor

WILLMAR -- Craig David Waterman, 51, of Raymond, was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in the county jail, 10 years of probation and a $1,000 fine on a felony harassment charge for leaving sexually explicit phone messages on a neighbor's answering machine.

As part of his sentence in Kandiyohi County District Co-urt, Waterman was ordered to have no contact with the victim and to stay away from her residence, attend counseling, submit to a chemical use assessment, take his medications as prescribed and pay $285.63 in restitution.

Up to 60 days of his jail time may be deferred if Waterman is compliant with the conditions of his probation.

His first 30 days in jail will begin Oct. 22.

As part of a plea agreement, a misdemeanor charge for making obscene or harassing phone calls was dismissed.

The charges were filed after a Raymond couple contacted the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 29 regarding obscene phone messages left on their machine over a period of several months. They had also received calls in which the person hung up as soon as they answered.

A message left that day referred to sex acts the caller wanted to do to the woman, to whom he referred by name.

The deputy recorded the message, and the cell phone number left on the message. Phone records were subpoenaed and Waterman was identified as the owner of the cell number.

Phone records showed 17 calls, between May and October, to the number with the last call coinciding with the report made to the deputy.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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