By Darren Boyle for MailOnline
Published: 17:08 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 17:09 BST, 3 May 2019
Graeme Brandon, 43, from Bournemouth stole an image from the Facebook page of Royal Marine Commando Steele Saunders and used it to create a fake WhatsApp profile
A man who stole a Royal Marines Commando's identity to send pictures of his own genitals to 27 different women has been jailed for 30 months.
Graeme Brandon, 43, from Bournemouth stole an image from the Facebook page of Royal Marine Commando Steele Saunders and used it to create a fake WhatsApp profile.
Brandon used the fake image to send images of his erect penis to 27 women aged between 27 and 45.
Police investigating the case soon realised that many of the victims had put their telephone numbers on Gumtree while advertising goods for sale.
The first women came forward in January 2017 with other women also complaining about indecent images they had been receiving on their telephones.
Detectives soon determined the indecent images were the same photograph.
In April 2017, Steele Saunders also approached Dorset Police to complain that his photograph had been stolen and used on a fake WhatsApp profile being used to send explicit images.
Detectives arrested Brandon on October 4, 2017 and seized several mobile phones and computers.
However, following his release, further women continued to receive the same explicit image.
Today, in Bournemouth Crown Court Brandon was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
His victim Mr Saunders in an impact statement said: 'The thought that people were doubting me was unbearable. (…) There have been incidents when I was out with my family that people recognised my face and started shouting things towards me.
Bournemouth Crown Court, pictured, heard Brandon's victim Steele Saunders was deployed abroad