‘Nasty, cruel and stupid’: Woman jailed after posing as man on Grindr and sharing intimate images of user

She was driven by ‘revenge’ after victim stopped messaging her, judge says

Zoe Tidman
Monday 02 March 2020 22:44
She met her victim on Grindr
She met her victim on Grindr

A woman has been jailed after posing as a man on a gay dating app and sharing sexual photos and videos of a victim she met online during a "disturbing campaign of harassment".

Yannick Glaudin was driven by “revenge” after the man, who she met on Grindr, broke off contact with her, according to the judge.

She sent intimate photos of the user to his family, friends and colleagues, as well as spreading false rumours about his then-boyfriend.

Glaudin, 31, was sentenced to 13 months in prison at Inner London Crown Court on Monday

John McNamara, the prosecuting lawyer, told the court that the woman used the pseudonym Steven St Pier on Grindr and met her first male victim on the app in May 2017.

The pair exchanged phone numbers, email addresses and even the victim’s CV as he was job-hunting.

“During the period of contact, [the victim] sent to the defendant a number of intimate and personal pictures and videos,” Mr McNamara said.

However, the man broke off their contact – which had only ever been online – in December that year, after having doubts over Glaudin’s true identity.

This triggered months of harassment by Glaudin, beginning with her sending the sexual images to the victim’s stepfather, his friends, and even friends of friends.

Glaudin, a French woman who lives in London, escalated the harassment from February 2018 when her victim started a new relationship with another man.

She then contacted the victim’s now ex-boyfriend using other pseudonyms, and made false allegations about him.

In March 2018, a false report was made to Crimestoppers claiming the boyfriend was “abusing a young boy and was linked to a known prostitute”, according to the prosecution lawyer.

Other messages sent suggested there was “a price” on the boyfriend’s head in Barcelona and London, the court heard.

Meanwhile, the couple were visited by several men who were “looking for sex” at their flat after having spoken to someone using the first’s victim’s name.

“The perpetrator has accused me personally of being a paedophile, impersonated me and my partner online via dating applications, sent multiple strangers to my home demanding anonymous sex,” the ex-boyfriend said, “followed me ... home, and taken photographs of our front door and taunted us about it.”

He called the experience “hell on earth”.

Glaudin has pleaded guilty to all charges in 2018, but then fled to France.

She was extradited in January, with Metropolitan police officers travelling across the Channel to bring her back to the UK.

Her defence lawyer said Glaudin - who worked as a construction draftsman and chef – had gone back to France to see terminally ill relatives.

“It is difficult to understand why you did what you did other than that during the period of your offending you were consumed by jealousy and a desire for revenge,” the judge told Glaudin.

She was sentenced to one year in prison for sharing private sexual photos and videos with intent to cause distress, and four months each for harassment and stalking.

These will be served together, with a further one month sentence for breaching bail added on.

Glaudin was also handed a lifelong restraining order preventing her contacting her victims.

Ricky Yau, who represented the woman, said she believed: “What I’ve done to them is nasty, cruel and stupid and I regret it.”

Press Association contributed to this report