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Man jailed for harassing Simcoe woman

By Susan Gamble, Brantford Expositor

SIMCOE  - 

A London man with a history of harassment who repeatedly contacted a Simcoe woman was sentenced last month in Simcoe's Ontario Court to a total of 10 months jail.

James Paul Vondette, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening death or bodily harm on March 7; breaching his peace bond by making harassing phone calls on April 3; criminal harassment on April 13; and failing to comply with his bail conditions and breaching his peace bond again on April 28.

He was arrested April 18 and released a short time later, but was arrested and detained on May 5.

Vondette made death threats to the woman about herself and about one of her family members, harassed her through repeated contact through her phone and caused her to fear for her safety.

Vondette has a record of harassment.

In 2014, he was convicted of sending graphic photos secretly taken of a former girlfriend to her friends and family members after she cut off all communication with him.

Justice Kevin Sherwood sentenced Vondette to 148 days of time already served plus 152 days of further jail time.

Sherwood ordered that Vondette remain on three years of probation once he's released, supply a sample of his DNA to the national offenders databank and pay $600 in victim surcharges.