July 16, 2018

Former ESU student accused of stalking professor


EAST STROUDSBURG - An investigation conducted by the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office Detectives led to the arrest of Tabitha Golembeski, 23 of Swoyersville, PA. Golembeski was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for stalking and harassment charges with the help of the Swoyersville Police Department.

Detectives received information from the East Stroudsburg University Police Department that a former student may be stalking and harassing her former professor. After meeting with the professor the detectives found disturbing evidence which indicated that she was indeed stalking and harassing the professor and his family.

The investigation revealed that in December of 2016 Golembeski was a student at East Stroudsburg University. She sent her academic advisor an email requesting to be reassigned to another advisor, specifically asking for a female instead of a male. The next day, Golembeski entered the professor’s office while he was reading emails on his computer and kissed him. The professor immediately reported this to the university and campus police. Golembeski was allowed to remain on campus and enrolled as a student, however she was assigned a new academic advisor and instructed to have no contact with the professor.

From December of 2016 to June of 2018 Golembeski called the professor repeatedly. She slipped two notes under his office door telling him that she did not regret the incident and that she wanted to have sex with the professor, leaving her contact phone number and telling him that she would be staying in a hotel. She then began sending the professor letters via US mail explaining her mental health history, previous suicide attempt and said she loved him.

Ultimately, East Stroudsburg University told Golembeski that she cannot return to the campus.

On Mother’s Day weekend of 2018 Golembeski allegedly sent a Facebook message to the professor’s daughter-in-law. Then, she sent a letter to his wife. Additional letters were sent to the professor, these letters contained photographs of a women’s breast and torso.

Concerned about Golembeski’s mental state and potential mental instability Detective Kim Lippincott of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office obtained a warrant for her arrest from MDJ Michael Muth on July 12th, 2018. Golembeski  was charged with stalking and harassment.

Golembeski was arraigned by MDJ Colleen Mancuso and bail was set at $2,500 secured. She will remain in the Monroe County Correctional Facility until her preliminary hearing on July 24th, 2018 or until she is able to post bail.

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