Kiama Downs man Andrew Peter Swallow granted strict bail over Tinder harassment allegations

A Kiama Downs miner has faced court accused of repeatedly harassing a woman he met on a dating app then threatening to post videos of their intimate moments together when she refused to continue seeing him.

Police allege Andrew Peter Swallow is a convicted sex offender with a long history of “predatory behaviour” towards women he meets on the social media site Tinder.

They say the 30-year-old, who currently has two enforceable apprehended violence orders against him, has been charged with stalking and intimidating multiple women in the past and they fear his behaviour will “escalate in the future”.

In the most recent set of allegations, which were aired in Wollongong Local Court for the first time on Thursday, Swallow is alleged to have verbally abused and threatened the woman via Facebook.

The court heard the pair connected via Tinder in December and met in person in early February, at which time they were “intimate”. Swallow allegedly filmed the victim performing a consensual sex act on him at the time.

The woman told police she demanded Swallow delete the video, which he apparently did in her presence, however the woman said she now suspects Swallow may have stored it on the phone before erasing it.

A few days later the woman rejected Swallow’s request for a dinner date, prompting Swallow to call her a “rude, arrogant bitch” and threaten to “forward the boys your vids (sic)”.

When they next spoke online in March, the woman warned Swallow she would go to the police if he posted anything about her.

He allegedly responded “just a heads up it won’t be attached to my name lol” before saying “there’s two videos”.

The woman told police she didn’t hear from Swallow again until Tuesday morning, when he allegedly sent her a message on Facebook threatening to tell her new boyfriend she’d recently been active on a dating website.

“You caused me unnecessary stress and drama, I told you karma would suck, was purely waiting for the right time,” he allegedly wrote.

The woman reported the incidents to police, saying she feared Swallow would release sexually explicit images to her friends, family or colleagues. 

Swallow was arrested on Thursday morning and charged with stalking and using a carriage service to harass. He declined to be interviewed over the allegations.

He was granted bail on the condition he report to police daily and abide by the apprehended violence order.

He is also banned from posting anything on his Facebook or Tinder profiles.

The case will return to court at a later date.