Woman who used Grindr to meet men jailed for stalking

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A woman who posed as a man on a gay dating app has been jailed for 13 months after stalking and harassing her victims.

Yannick Glaudin, 31, from Mile End, struck up an online relationship with one victim after messaging him on Grindr. They exchanged numbers and using the pseudonym Stephen St Pier, she sent him flowers and gifts to his home and work addresses but made continual excuses not to meet up, forcing the victim to eventually end their contact.

Glaudin went on to mount a campaign of harassment which included setting up more than 10 fake email addresses and social media accounts to send naked pictures of the victim to people that he knew. When the victim started a new relationship, Glaudin harassed his new partner - sending emails to the second victim’s workplace, threatening him online and falsely reporting him to Crimestoppers for abusing young boys. She also gave his home address to young men under false pretences so they would show up looking for casual sex.

Glaudin pleaded guilty to stalking, harassment and disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress between December 2017 and July 2018. That plea was entered at an earlier hearing but she then fled to France ahead of sentencing. A European Arrest Warrant was issued to return Glaudin from France. Following her extradition, today (Monday, 2 March) at Inner London Crown Court she was sentenced to 12 months in custody, and a further month to be served consecutively for breaching bail. A restraining order stopping her from contacting the victims was also ordered.

Kathryn Iyer, from the CPS, said: “This was a sustained and frightening campaign of harassment mounted against an innocent young couple. They implored Glaudin to stop stalking and harassing them, but she continued anyway. She even followed one victim home on the underground and later sent him photos of himself on the journey, causing him distress.

“Glaudin was a stranger, having never personally met either of these men. But she was relentless in her pursuit, particularly with the use of social media, which led these victims to take down their social media accounts.

“The CPS takes stalking and harassment extremely seriously and will prosecute perpetrators where there is evidence to do so.”

Notes to editors

  • Yannick Glaudin (DOB: 23/09/1988) is a French national who was living in Mile End in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. She pleaded guilty at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court on 11 July 2018 to:
    • Harassment without violence
    • Stalking without fear / alarm / distress
    • Disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress
  • At the plea hearing she also pleaded guilty to the following charges for which she was ordered to pay a total fine of £200. However, this was deemed served as one day spent in custody:
    • Possess a controlled drug of Class B - Cannabis / Cannabis Resin
    • Possess a controlled drug of Class A - Cocaine
  • Kathryn Iyer is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS London South.

 

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