Man sentenced for stalking and harassing female VA doctors in Los Angeles and Loma Linda – Press Enterprise

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was found guilty Monday on federal stalking charges for waging a long-running campaign of harassment against two female doctors at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Los Angeles, as well as others. two who work at VA facilities in Loma Linda.

Georgi Pantchev, 50, of West Los Angeles, was convicted of four counts of the crime, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

US District Judge John Walter has scheduled a sentencing hearing for September 26, at which time Pantchev will face a maximum of five years in federal prison for each harassment charge.

According to evidence presented at his five-day trial, Pantchev began harassing the two West LA doctors in 2011 by sending numerous threatening communications.

As a result, he was indicted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and convicted in 2014 of nine counts of witness harassment and intimidation.

After serving a state prison sentence, Pantchev was paroled in 2017 and barred from West LA VA Medical Center. Pantchev then began seeking medical services at the VA facility in Loma Linda, where he began stalking, harassing and intimidating two other doctors.

Pantchev then began returning to the West LA campus, even though he was in direct violation of his probation, and began sending harassing and intimidating communications to the colleagues of the first two victims.

Federal prosecutors say he inundated the original victims and their colleagues with hundreds of lewd, sexually explicit and defamatory flyers featuring large photographs of the doctors that Pantchev repeatedly distributed at the West Los Angeles facility and elsewhere.

On the morning of Pantchev’s arrest in January 2021, he drove to one of the victim’s homes and his son’s elementary school and distributed more sexually explicit flyers that included the victim’s home address and contact information. During a search of Pantchev’s residence, law enforcement found more copies of the same flyers, along with printouts of some of the letters and emails Pantchev sent to the victims.

Pantchev has been in federal custody since his arrest in January 2021.

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