Thursday 18 January 2018

TV producer faces jail for stalking his former classmate

A television producer who searched the internet for a former classmate 40,000 times, paid for background searches on the woman's husband and posed as a parent at her daughter's nursery is facing jail.

Elliot Fogel, 36, was convicted yesterday of breaching a restraining order for the third time in an eight-year campaign of harassment against Claire Waxman.

Fogel, a freelance producer, of Edgware, north-west London, developed an unhealthy obsession with Mrs Waxman when they were at college in St Albans, Herts, in the early 1990s.

After rebuffing his advances, she heard nothing for 10 years. Then, out of the blue, Fogel sent her a dinner invitation, which she declined.

A few months later, he was spotted jogging on the spot outside Mrs Waxman's home and loitering around her workplace. He also made hundreds of telephone calls to her home, paid for background searches on her husband, Marc, and posed as a prospective parent at the nursery her daughter attended. After his arrest, police found copies of Mrs Waxman's wedding photographs on his computer.

In 2006, Fogel was made subject of a restraining order banning him from going to Mrs Waxman's home or within a mile of her work, but he breached it the following year. In January last year, he was jailed for 16 weeks for a further breach, but went on to breach it for a third time.

On Feb 1 this year, Fogel drove up alongside Mrs Waxman, a therapist, outside her office after a court had dismissed a civil case he brought against his victim, whom he claimed had waged a "hate campaign" against him on Facebook.

Giving evidence from behind a screen at Wood Green Crown Court yesterday, Mrs Waxman, 36, said she had suffered a miscarriage, developed an eating disorder and had to move home five times as a result of Fogel's campaign.

Julie Whitby, prosecuting, said: "This is a case of the stalker who will not stop stalking. If you have an obsession with someone, bringing them to court is one way of seeing them, of coming into contact with them." Fogel, found guilty of breaching a restraining order, will be sentenced next month.

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