Fake dating profile
She eventually left Steel and changed her mobile number, although he found out her number and sent texts and messages.
Magistrates heard in January she started to receive “unusual” messages and then had a call from a woman, who said her profile was on a lesbian sex site.
Deborah initially refused to send money, insisting that Steven must know someone else who could help.
Steven pushed harder, becoming frantic and desperate saying she was the only one who could.
She then set up what he believes to be some sort of massage parlour within the home.
Following an argument he returned home and everything had been taken, even food from the fridge.
Despite that he became more controlling and jealous and she found out he was a secret drinker, finding stashes of alcohol around the house.” The court was told that Steel's girlfriend started work as a chiropodist and massage therapist and her daughter later came to live with the couple in Birmingham – which became a source of friction.
“In anger his response was to set up the website.” Steel was sentenced to a 12-month community order and ordered to pay £100 compensation after previously admitting harassment.
District Judge Rebecca Crane also made a restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim or going to her address.
It featured pictures of her in her underwear, photos Steel had taken when they were a couple.
Nicola Purches, defending, said: “She paid for a nice holiday and he paid for her to leave Hungary and set up a home for her.Use our advice to spot fake online dating profiles and to protect yourself when using dating sites and apps.