A former civil nuclear police officer who sent "deeply unpleasant" sexual text messages to women he did not know has been given a suspended sentence.
Steven Mennim, based at Sellafield, also lied to police to try to cover his tracks, Carlisle Crown Court was told.
The 33-year-old, of Newlaithes Avenue, Carlisle, admitted four counts of harassment and one of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He was handed a nine month sentence suspended for two years.
The court heard Mennim sent the messages to four women whose numbers he picked at random from online advertisements.
Judge Peter Hughes QC said the offences would normally warrant a custodial sentence.
However, he referred to psychiatric reports which found Mennim was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of childhood abuse.
Mennim, who has since lost his job at Sellafield, was also given a two-year supervision order and an indefinite anti-social behaviour order.