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Jail for woman who posed as man on Grindr and stalked young male couple

Jail for woman who posed as man on Grindr and stalked young male couple

  • In a sustained campaign, the woman falsely accused her first victim’s boyfriend of being a pedophile.
Yannick Glaudin on CCTV.

A judge has jailed a woman who posed as a gay man on Grindr then harassed a man and falsely accused his boyfriend of being a pedophile.

The woman used multiple identities to harass the couple. She circulated private sexual images and even sent men looking for sex to their house.

Yannick Glaudin, 31, carried out her campaign of harassment in the UK and she pleaded guilty to all the offenses in July 2018. But she evaded justice for over a year by then fleeing to her native France.

However, French authorities extradited her back to Britain in January under a European arrest warrant. And she appeared before a judge at the Inner London Crown Court in Southwark, south London.

False allegations of child abuse

Prosecutor John McNamara, told the court that Glaudin posed as a man with the pseudonym Steven St Pier in May 2017. And she met her first male victim via Grindr.

The pair started an online-only relationship and swapped intimate sexual photos and videos.

But the victims also exchanged phone numbers and email addresses. And the victim even sent Glaudin his CV as he was job hunting.

Despite this, the victim started to have doubts about Glaudin’s true identity and ended their online contact in December 2017.

In response, Glaudin harassed him for months, sending sexual images to the victim’s stepfather, friends and even friends of friends.

And Glaudin took it even further when the victim started a relationship with a new boyfriend.

She started targeting both men and used multiple pseudonyms to make false allegations against the boyfriend.

In March 2018, Glaudin made a false report to UK anti-crime organization Crimestoppers. She claimed the boyfriend had been abusing a young boy and was linked to a known prostitute.

On another date she posed as a victim’s boss to tell police there were videos of underage sex on the victim’s laptop.

Again, the allegation was completely false. As was the claim the boyfriend had a ‘price’ of €1,000 on his head in Barcelona and London.

Meanwhile, she organized for several men to visit the couple’s shared flat. She had posed as the victim to make the men believe they were going there for sex.

The couple have now split up.

‘Sustained and frightening campaign’

Judge Silas Reid told Glaudin on Monday that she had been ‘consumed with jealousy and a desire for revenge’ after the first victim ended contact with her.

Moreover, the judge questioned why she had not faced more serious charges than the prosecution brought against her.

Defence lawyer Ricky Yau said Glaudin had accepted her crimes were ‘nasty, cruel and stupid’. The former boyfriend had told jurors how she made his life ‘hell on earth’.

The judge sentenced her to 13 months in prison. This includes one month for breaching her bail conditions when she fled to France.

Glaudin, who worked as a construction draftsman and chef, is also subject to a lifelong restraining order preventing her from contacting her victims.

Kathryn Iyer, from the Crown Prosecution Service, 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.’