A man has pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit emails to a former classmate he was infatuated with and hadn't seen in 20 years.
On Thursday, Sean Thomas Walsh, 42, appeared in the New Plymouth District Court on a single charge of causing harm by posting digital communication.
The victim of the offending, as outlined in the summary of facts, was a woman Walsh used to go to intermediate and high school with.
At no stage did the pair have a romantic relationship or even a close association and after her schooling the woman moved to Australia.
In 2007, Walsh began to send her one or two emails each year but the woman never responded and deleted the messages in a hope he would stop.
The summary of facts said it appeared Walsh had developed an "infatuation" with the woman even though they had not seen each other in two decades.
In June 2017, the tone of the emails turned sexual. When Walsh sent a similar message in March 2018, it caused the victim enough distress she called police.
That month Walsh was warned against emailing the woman again due to the emotional impact it was having on her.
But the defendant sent a further email in June, which was graphic and sexual, followed by several more emails in September.
At this point, the woman followed police advice and blocked Walsh's email address.
However, using a different email account, Walsh sent more messages to the woman in early October, which included a video of him talking and a photograph of his genitals.
Four emails, again with explicit images, were sent between October 13-14.
The summary of facts said the victim had suffered emotionally from the offending.
"The victim is fearful due to the content of the correspondence that he will try to find her or the situation will only escalate."
When officers spoke to Walsh, he admitted his actions and said he cared for the victim and continued to email her as it was "an ego thing".
Following his guilty plea, Judge Lynne Harrison convicted Walsh and ordered a pre-sentence report ahead of his April 3 sentencing date.