Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Counselor

WESTMINSTER (CNS) – A 39-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to threatening his former mental health counselor and sentenced to time served in jail awaiting trial.

Mark Anthony Torres of Whittier pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of criminal threats, according to court records. He had been charged with a felony count of criminal threats.

Torres was sentenced to 242 days in jail. He had been in custody since March 10.

The counselor had been treating Torres last year, and during that time he had sent sexually aggressive and violent messages to the counselor’s work cellphone, according to Garden Grove police.

Torres was also accused of sending packages to the counselor’s home with messages that he had been to her residence, police said.

Torres was also accused of contacting the victim’s family members and harassing and threatening the victim through the relatives, police said.

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