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Former student accused of stalking her UNL professor

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A 33-year-old former University of Nebraska-Lincoln research assistant and graduate student faces up to a year in jail after police say she stalked her physics professor.

Veronika Burobina, of San Diego, denied the allegations against her.

Police say she harassed the professor, ignoring repeated requests of university police to cease contact with the man, investigators said in court documents.

The professor called UNLPD Feb. 1 to report a disturbance in Jorgensen Hall, saying Burobina had shown up at his office without an appointment, police said.

She left before officers arrived.

He told officers she was his student several years ago and had harassed him via email and telephone calls ever since, according to court documents.

Burobina worked for the physics and astronomy department between June and September of 2014, according to a UNL spokesman. She previously worked as a graduate research assistant at the university and studied electrical engineering in 2011 and 2012.

Police believe she drove to Lincoln from California in November, got into his apartment building and waited outside his door.

On Jan. 18, he received 18 phone calls from a telephone number belonging to Burobina, police said.

She sent him emails claiming he stole her work, destroyed her life and caused her pain, police said.

After investigators asked her to stop contacting him, she returned to Lincoln April 15 in an attempt to contact the professor, according to court documents.

She was arrested Thursday and taken to jail.

Prosecutors charged her Friday with misdemeanor stalking, and a judge ordered her not to contact the professor.

Burobina's attorney at the Lancaster County Public Defender's Office declined to comment on the case Tuesday.

She has been released from jail on $5,000 bond.

This is the 11th stalking case investigated on campus in the last year, according to UNL police reports.

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Riley Johnson reports on local government in Lincoln.

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