Police: Portsmouth teenager harasses Barrington man

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A 25-year-old Barrington man grew tired of receiving crank phone calls and recently filed a complaint with police, which eventually led to the arrest of a 15-year-old Portsmouth girl.

Police said the man is a teacher and had been receiving dozens of crank phone calls. The victim said the calls started innocently enough — sometimes the female caller would giggle and then say something like “You’re hot.” Then she would hang up.

But eventually the number of calls increased. The calls also grew a bit more confrontational. On one day in early August, the Barrington man received more than a dozen calls, two of which resulted in voice messages. On one of the messages, the female voice said: “You answer the phone and I won’t kill your dog, OK?”

That led the Barrington man to call the police. Detectives were able to track down the alleged caller, a 15-year-old Portsmouth girl whose name was very familiar to the Barrington man: He reportedly taught her in a class the year before. (It was not specified at which school he worked.)

Police contacted the suspect’s mother, who first told officials that her daughter was in the hospital and could not stop by the station. They later did speak with detectives in Barrington, and on Sept. 17, police charged the 15-year-old girl with making crank or obscene phone calls.

The girl said she did not act alone, but refused to give police the name of the other individual who made the calls with her. The girl also allegedly told police that they had crank-called other teachers too.

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