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Sydney man charged after posing as TV exec

A Sydney man has been charged after he allegedly posed as a television executive and made promises of fame to a teenage girl before harassing her family when they became suspicious.

Gerard Cecil Vamadevan, 50, struck up a conversation with the 17-year-old girl at a Cronulla shop in late March, telling her he was a TV executive who was able to get her an acting role, NSW Police said in a statement on Tuesday.

Vamadevan allegedly contacted the girl later that day but became aggressive when she suggested she would bring her parents to any potential meeting.

The 17-year-old's brother and father then contacted the man and demanded he stop contacting her, detectives allege.

Police say in the three days after meeting the teenager the 50-year-old left more than 300 threatening phone messages for the teenager's father and brother.

Vamadevan on Monday was charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend.

He was refused bail when his case was briefly mentioned in Sutherland Local Court on Tuesday. He's next due to face the same court on September 17.

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