Italian Davide Buccheri, 25, was working for asset manager M&G in London as a fund manager’s assistant when he targeted the woman, City of London magistrates heard
A city worker posted mocked-up pictures of a female intern to porn websites before telling her bosses in a bid to discredit her, a court heard.
Italian Davide Buccheri, 25, is accused of carrying out a harassment campaign over seven months while working at M&G, in the heart of the City of London.
Prosecutors say he first targeted the woman with ‘unwanted romantic advances’ when she joined the firm as an intern in September last year.
City of London Magistrates’ Court heard she complained to M&G’s HR department, but the campaign escalated after the woman was offered a post-graduate role at the firm.
The court heard that between April 15 and 21 this year, Buccheri took images of the complainant from her social media accounts and downloaded pornographic images of women of similar build from the internet.
The pictures were allegedly edited and cropped to make them look like the alleged victim before being put in galleries on porn websites.
Prosecutors say the pictures were then revealed to the company’s HR department by Buccheri.
Officers seized Bucherri’s computer and other equipment from his address before they charged him on October 5.
Prosecutors said the images were uploaded via an account called ‘flyinggerbil’ which was traced to his laptop.
Buccheri is accused of displaying the pictures alongside other porn stars in a ‘planned, sophisticated approach’ to cause the woman serious distress
On his LinkedIn profile Buccheri says he has worked for the company for one year and one month after he graduated from a 12-month rotational programme.
His profile also says he graduated from LSE.
Buccheri appeared before magistrates today wearing glasses and dressed in a black suit, white shirt and pale blue tie.
He stood in the dock to confirm his name, date of birth, and address in Bologna, Italy.
Buccheri pleaded not guilty to a single charge of harassment between September 9 2016 and May 29 2017.
The charge states Buccheri ‘obtained images from her social media accounts, edited and then uploaded these, along with edited pornographic images of females of similar appearance, to pornographic websites…then informed her employer of the images to discredit her and cause her distress and anxiety’.
Chair of the bench Julie Baldwin told Buccheri he faces a one-day trial on December 21 at the same court and released him on conditional bail.
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