Senior lecturer who sent 300 emails in under a month to former student found guilty of harassment
A senior lecturer who sent 300 emails in under a month to a former student has been found guilty of harassment.
Fotios Georgiadis, 49, was found guilty (30 January 2020) after a trial at Hendon magistrates’ court of harassing the student, who he had met at the University of Lincoln where he was a senior lecturer in mechanical engineering. Sentencing will take place on 18 February 2020.
His victim took up a role at the university as a research assistant and, when she left in 2016, remained in contact with Georgiadis’ wife, having become friends with her when she later worked at the university. When Georgiadis started divorce proceedings with his wife in July 2018, he contacted the victim himself for the first time.
His multiple daily phone calls made the victim so uncomfortable she took a three-week trip abroad. On her return, he asked her to stay with him for the weekend and she explained this was not appropriate. However, Georgiadis said he wanted them to have a romantic relationship. The victim clarified this was not something she wanted. Georgiadis emailed her in October 2018 and agreed he would not contact her again.
However, in early November Georgiadis texted the victim saying he was coming to London to see her and had booked them a hotel room. The victim again expressed this was against her wishes and blocked his number. Georgiadis tried to start a conversation with her by talking about work-related papers over email.
In January 2019, the victim emailed both Georgiadis and his ex-wife, stating that she no longer wanted contact with either of them, before she changed her email address. In August, she reported him to the police because of approximately 300 emails he sent her between mid-August to mid-September. On one day alone he sent 74 emails. Georgiadis told the police he would not contact her again, only to send her 51 emails over four days in September.
Jessica Gill, from the CPS, said: “Georgiadis flouted police instructions not to contact his victim who had to put up with his unsolicited contact for over a year. For the entire period, she made it very clear that she was not interested in the romantic relationship that Georgiadis was proposing.
“Her protestations fell on deaf ears and she made desperate attempts to avoid him by changing her email and leaving the country. However he continued to attempt to contact her by sending countless emails and phone calls. He even travelled to visit her, booking them a hotel.
“This conviction will mean that Georgiadis’ attempts to contact his victim will be brought to an end. Hopefully this will give some comfort to the victim who has put up with his harassment for long enough.”
Notes to editors
- Fotios Georgiadis (DOB: 14.03.1970) is from Lincoln
- Jessica Gill is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS London South in the magistrates’ court unit.