Skip to comments.'Office Cougar' Jailed for Preying on Married Men
Posted on 06/17/2012 7:14:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A Cambridge graduate who described herself as the office cougar has been jailed for falsely claiming she was having affairs with her married male colleagues.
Software engineer Jeevani Wickramaratna, 44, spun a web of deceit, bombarding the men with sexually explicit messages, emailing their wives and even falsely claiming one man had HIV.
She was found guilty of sexual harassment and jailed for 26 weeks by District Judge David Parsons, who blasted her "complete fantasy world". He said: "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." Wickramaratna called herself a cougar, a term used to describe an older woman who pursues younger men.
She became infatuated with co-worker Paul Stokes after he emailed her offering her some of his birthday cake, and went on to besiege him with emails and Facebook messages, South Somerset Magistrates Court in Yeovil heard.
Christine Hart, prosecuting, 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."
Further abusive Facebook messages were sent, including a false allegation that Mr Stokes had been diagnosed with HIV, all of which caused great humiliation.
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Its a wonder that the bosses didnt fire every one of the men. Thats what they usually do.
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I always like it when ‘they’ say “Women and Minorities make 10-25% less than their White Male counterparts”.
Well, being a businessman, wouldn’t I be foolish if I only hired White Males and not be able to put that .25 on the dollar in my pocket?
“Go sell crazy someplace else. We have all we need here already.”
I worked my way through college doing summers and full-time temp positions with a state agency. The top management of the division I was in was dominated by middle-aged women.
Several of us noticed an interesting dynamic from them:
If you were young and male, you could practically get away with murder.
If you were young and female (and especially if you were attractive), your career there would be short and viciously unpleasant—which I actually saw happen a couple of times.
If you are middle-aged and male you run the risk of being the ex-husband who divorced them or at best the bore they go home to. Neither works out too well for you career.
I went 110% percent to stay in the ever changing lines, rules, and policies and it made no difference.
At the time I was having some problems with my health affecting my energy and some other stuff. The answer wasn’t found until after I left a few months later and I did my best to make nice. But I should have (would have if @ 90% or better) realized that making nice with the office bully is impossible.
The only other real alternative I had wouldn’t have worked since she had piles of documentation (how much real not sure) about how poor a performer I was always at the ready to wave around. For a while sometimes it seemed that I had to second guess my own name. No matter what, there was always a fault and it was world ending.
Anyway that was a few years ago and while the employment situation isn’t that hot at least I work in a sane office with sane people who mind their own business. Before that I was doing a ton of IT contract work and enjoyed most of it.
I have one other theory about her behavior but it is on par with a conspiracy mindset but knowing how some PHBs are sore losers I would almost rule it credible. It involves a little matter at another state agency in which I won no question and cost a department some bucks to upgrade me and a few others.
You have an ex-manager long-gone of SCETV’s engineering department pegged pefectly.
The yo-yo in question now that you bring up was the same way.
A word to the wise: Never sleep with anyone that’s crazier than you are!
With apologies to small dogs everywhere.
That wouldn’t do it for you?
CRAZY Eyes! Yikes!
What? having a man offering me a piece of his B-day cake?
It depends on the man. ;)
As sad as this sounds,I’ve gotten crushes on men simply because they were nice to me.
Office Yeti, more like it.
I know 2 women who are capable of this type of thing.
Some people are very creative with their ability to lie.
Add in a touch of “crazy” and things get interesting real quick!
Why should that sound sad? That actually seems like a great reason. Better than most of the reasons.
Some people read a lot into things. She probably thought offering a piece of birthday cake was really a protestation of his love. Or something.
re: “A word to the wise: Never sleep with anyone thats crazier than you are!”
Good advice, MasterGunner01, but even better adivce would be: Never sleep with someone you’re not married to.
I think that would prevent 99% of this crap, but I do realize that’s not going to happen.
It’s usually just a nice gesture.
I once had a crush on a fellow congregant at my synagogue who was in his 60’s at the time. (That may seem odd,since most men that age usually aren’t the object of a crush).
At any rate he was very sweet to me and I fell hard.
I felt so stupid and silly.
It doesn’t appear that was the case here (that anyone slept with anyone at the office)
There are sickos out there who love to play weird mindgames - create drama.
This chicky seemed to get off on messing with marriages - trying to frame these men.
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