A man stalked AFL player Alex Rance and organised a "gay orgy" at Rance's parent's home because he had a romantic attachment to the player and couldn't cope when he was rejected, a court heard.

Scott Raymond Thomas, 35, was jailed for one year and fined $3000 in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday after pleading guilty to stalking the 23-year-old Richmond defender and harassing his sister Alianne.

He also pleaded guilty to obtaining more than $50,000 by deception after setting up a fake medical practice in South Yarra and selling human growth hormones to 13 men while pretending to be a doctor.

He had also pretended to be a musician, claiming to have performed at different licensed venues in a bid to fleece royalty payments from the Australasian Performing Rights Association.

Thomas befriended Rance on Facebook in 2011 after creating a fake profile using photos of a UK-based male sports model, prosecutor Sergeant Belinda Cowley told the court.

He spoke to Rance about auditioning for a hosting role on a non-existent sports-based reality television show on MTV, telling Rance he would put him in contact with his singer/songwriter friend who was producing the show.

Sgt Cowley said Thomas began contacting Rance using the name Scott Raymond and the pair met to discuss the program.

But the association soon soured, with Thomas sending Rance text messages that were "critical and scathing of the victim, highlighting his reluctance to spend more time with the accused", she said.

When Rance ended the friendship because it was getting to be too much, Thomas began hacking his accounts, sending a message to Rance's now-wife Georgia that he was "living a lie and was in fact homosexual".

In a message to Rance's sister, he wrote: "Wakey, wakey. Rise and shine. You know what your brother has to do within three hours or something bad will happen".

He also told Rance that a "gay orgy" had been arranged at his parent's home.

Sgt Cowley said a number of "suspicious persons" then began attending the home, with one man entering the house when only Rance's sister and grandmother were present.

She said Thomas also sent a message to members of the Richmond Football Club questioning Rance's integrity.

Thomas' lawyer Malcolm Thomas said the prosecution had presented a "lopsided" and misleading version of events.

He said the two men had an "intense friendship", with text messages running backwards and forwards between them constantly.

He said the pair went to each other's homes, had dinner together, saw movies and went shopping together when Thomas began to develop feelings for Rance.

"Mr Thomas developed perhaps a genesis of a romantic attachment to Mr Rance," he said.

"He can't cope with what he perceives to be the end of the two men's association.

"He is hurt by the way the association ended and the offending is a reaction to that hurt."

Mr Thomas said his client, who has been jailed for deception offences in the US and NSW, was mentally ill.

Magistrate Caitlin English said victim impact statements from Rance and his sister, who sat through the hearing with their mother, described their loss of a sense of personal and family safety.

She said Thomas' crimes involved significant planning and intelligence and his hacking was extremely concerning for anyone in the community that uses the internet.

His pretending to be a doctor "attacked the public's faith in the medical profession", she said.

The NSW man was released on bail after lodging an appeal against his sentence.

 

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