Crime

Burbank man charged with sending threatening texts, gun photo

The Benton County Justice Center in Kennewick.
The Benton County Justice Center in Kennewick. Tri-City Herald

A 37-year-old man is accused of sending more than 150 threatening text messages, including a picture of a pistol, to his former girlfriend.

James R. Bateman allegedly threatened to post online a video of the woman “in a compromising position” if she did not break up with her current boyfriend, according to court documents.

The woman reportedly did not respond to any of the messages.

Bateman, of Burbank, has pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to a felony charge of cyberstalking with a domestic violence allegation.

His trial is set for Nov. 16.

Court documents show Bateman was convicted in 2012 in Pasco Municipal Court of simple assault with domestic violence involving the same victim. Then in 2014, the woman reportedly had her own case for assaulting Bateman.

The woman told Kennewick police she moved on after that and eventually got a new boyfriend.

Then in late June, the text messages started. She met with investigators July 13 and showed them her cellphone.

One message said the woman’s family couldn’t save her and she should think about moving. One message said she should “always be looking over your shoulder k because I will be there waiting and waiting again sleep tight hun,” documents show.

Bateman allegedly sent pictures of the current boyfriend’s vehicle with threats to tear him apart and “f--- him up!”

On the day the woman spoke to police, Bateman sent at least five texts, court documents said. Bateman said if he can’t have her nobody will, that blocking his number won’t making him stop, and to “Make good with ‘GOD’ its coming and you will pay!” documents said.

The threats were made over a two-month period.

Bateman is out of custody after posting bond on $10,000. He is allowed to travel in Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties.

Bateman is not allowed to contact her and her family while the case is pending.

Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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