Leander man arrested for creating fake sex ad for his ex


A Leander man has been charged with felony online harassment after he placed a fake Craigslist ad of his former girlfriend suggesting she was looking for sexual encounter, police said.

Jason Eric Leonard was arrested on July 19, stemming from an online posting on Craigslist's "casual encounters" section in May that was apparently created to harm the victim.

The woman victim told police that on May 26 she started receiving a number of phone calls from men indicating she had posted an advertisement looking for sex with her real name and phone number. One of the callers even sent a text message with a photo of male genitalia to her cell phone.

The victim, who is white, also learned about a fake Facebook page that was set up with her information but had a photo of "an obese black female's butt in a suggestive pose," and stated that she worked at Sugar's, an Austin strip club, according to the felony complaint.

Police contacted Facebook and Craigslist and obtained the IP address used to create the fake accounts, which led them to Leonard, the complaint said.

Leonard told police he was angry because he thought his former girlfriend had been telling people he had beaten her up, but that he deleted the two pages shortly after he created them.