Jeevani Wickramaratna, ?Office Cougar,? Preyed On Married Men, Jailed For Sexual Harassment

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on June 18 2012 2:35 PM

Jeevani Wickramaratna once described herself as the office cougar, but now she is just another jailhouse inmate.

Jeevani Wickramaratna, a software engineer from England, spun a web of deceit when she sexually harassed her younger, married male coworkers with sexually explicit messages and lies about their personal medical history, according to the (UK)Telegraph.

Wickramaratna, a Cambridge graduate, was found guilty of sexual harassment and sentenced to 26 weeks in jail by District Judge David Parsons, who called her entire saga a complete fantasy world.

They trusted you and you abused that trust and during the trial you repeated the wicked allegations you made against each one of them and it is eminently clear that you are completely incapable of telling the truth, he said.

She called herself the office cougar and preyed upon male coworkers, specifically Paul Stokes. Stokes sparked Wickramaratna's interest after he emailed her offering up some of his birthday cake. She became obsessed with him, according to the Telegraph, and harassed him with emails and Facebook messages.

Stokes insisted that he and Wickramaratna never had an affair and reported the sexual harassment to police in July 2010.

Prosecuting attorney Christine Hart said: She claimed that Mr. Stokes was having an affair with the office 'cougar', and many of the messages were sexually explicit and caused great distress to both him and his family. Wickramaratna then began sending him a series of messages saying she was setting him free and said she had told his family about their affair and that he loved her.

Wickramaratna went on falsely claim that Stokes had been diagnosed with HIV. She shared this deceptive information via Facebook, which caused great humiliation for Stokes.

The police contacted Wickramaratna telling her not to contact Mr Stokes, but she wrote back revealing explicit details of their affair that she believed had taken place and referred to herself as the cougar, continued Hart.

Wickramaratna reportedly put Stokes and his wife through hell with her persistent attempts at communication.

The hurtful stories that she concocted from her deranged imagination became more and more aggressive and led me to fear for the safety of my wife and children, said Stokes.

Wickramaratna was accused of sexually harassing two other male coworkers.

She pleaded not guilty to three allegations of harassment, according to the Telegraph, between June 1, 2010, and October 17, 2010. She was convicted on all three counts.

The district judge said: With regard to Paul Stokes you seriously risked damaging a happy and stable marriage and you caused him and his wife complete humiliation publishing degrading material on the internet causing them acute embarrassment. You accused him of having an affair and of having HIV and caused complete disruption in his place of work leaving a web of chaos.

You persisted on sending people emails even after being warned by the police and have shown no remorse, empathy or regret. You live in a complete fantasy world.

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