Though we’ve all heard about, and even possibly encountered, a few bothersome catfish on dating apps, this truly takes the cake. A 31-year-old French woman is now in jail after catfishing a man on Grindr, being rejected, and waging a campaign of harassment against him that included stalking, as well as sharing his nude photos and videos with his family. This is the story.
In 2017, Yannick Glaudin, met a man on Grindr while using the pseudonym Steven St. Pier. With this false name, and accompanying photos, Glaudin and her victim exchanged phone numbers, email addresses and other personal information, developing an online relationship that lasted for six months. The victim then ended the exchange once they began to believe that Glaudin wasn’t who she made herself out to be. In the months to follow, Glaudin began to harass the victim in an act of revenge, according to multiple reports.
The harassment began with Glaudin sending the photos and videos she had received to the victim’s stepfather as well as his friends. Months later, when the victim got a boyfriend, Glaudin upped the ante, making new social media accounts to make false claims about the pair. She went so far as to call into the Crimestoppers hotline and accuse the boyfriend of child abuse and fabricate police reports.
Glaudin also tried to instill fear into the couple by following them home off the subway and taking pictures of them that she would then email to them as evidence they were being followed. She also suggested that there was a bounty on their heads in various cities and gave out their home address to other men on Grindr, who turned up expecting sex.
“I suffered the extreme shock of constant, insidious daily harassment at home, work and on every online channel I was registered on, by someone completely anonymous, using multiple aliases,” one of the victims said. The pair has since broken up.
“The perpetrator has accused me personally of being a pedophile, impersonated me and my partner online via dating applications, sent multiple strangers to my home demanding anonymous sex, followed me... home, and taken photographs of our front door and taunted us about it,” he continued.
Glaudin initially pled guilty to the charges in 2018 before fleeing to France from London. A European arrest warrant had her extradited back to London to be brought into custody. She was sentenced to 12 months for sending the revenge porn, fur months for harassment without violence, and four months for stalking but the sentences will be served concurrently.