Tying Up the Line

Garland man admits to thousands of prank calls

By Bruce Felps
|  Friday, Sep 17, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM CDT
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Tying Up the Line

Jermmie Marquis Davis

Evidently, Jermmie Davis had a lot of time on his hands.

He’s about to get even more free time — well, not exactly free — after a judge hands down his sentence later this year on a charge of obscene interstate communications, according to an article in The Dallas Morning News.

Davis, it seems, got a wee bit carried away with calling the National Runaway Switchboard, a 24-hour counseling hotline out of Illinois that caters to teens and is staffed mostly by teens. He called the hotline on multiple occasions, activated the three-way conference function on the phone, and connected to “pre-recorded messages containing obscene language and obscene descriptions of sexual activity," according to court records, and that’s probably not the kind of three-way some people might enjoy.

Davis admitted to placing up to 1,000 calls a month for three years to the toll-free number. He also ran up phone bills of nearly $90,000 in the process.

According to the article, he’d sign up for cell phone service, use the account until the carrier shut it down, then open a new account — all with Sprint, evidently — wash, rinse, repeat, and why would Sprint open account after account for this guy when he had outstanding balances on others?

My favorite part of this story, though, comes with Davis’ reaction to all this. As quoted by DMN, "I really don't care because I have a girlfriend and she doesn't care about it, OK?"

OooKaaaay.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He pretty much relies on his cell phone, but man ….
 

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