ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A University of Central Florida professor is charged with two counts of stalking. His victim is a student, according to UCF Police -- a detail not sitting with campus co-eds.
According to 39-year-old Ali Borji's arrest affidavit, he tracked the student down on Facebook last June. After a few dates, police say the student told Borji she wasn't interested and that they needed to keep things professional.
Not taking no for an answer, investigators say Borji started stalking the woman, watching her at the gym, messaging her "you should be happy that somebody likes you this much to stalk you." At one point, investigator say Borji sent the student 800 text messages in a single day.
UCF PD says fearing for her safety, the victim took a semester off moving out of state. Detectives say Borji found out the student came back recently and started stalking her again. Following the victim and her friend out of the gym, that's when the victim got police involved.
According to Borji's arrest affidavit, he was a suspect in a similar case while teaching at USF. UCF PD noted that Borji was not charged in the USF case.
On Thursday, UCF police arrested Ali Borji, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, on two counts of stalking. Borji, who has worked at UCF since January 2016, had previously submitted his resignation effective Sunday, July 1. In the meantime, he has been trespassed from the UCF campus. The victim reported the case to UCF police on Monday.
“Our detectives acted swiftly in this case, as the UCF Police Department does when anyone feels threatened. We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior. If any students, faculty or staff have been victims of sexual misconduct, please contact UCF Police or find information and support at www.LetsBeClear.ucf.edu,” UCF Police Chief Carl Metzger said.