Professor Attacks Contractor

A video has surfaced that shows a long-time UNF professor wailing a 2-by-4 at his contractor after an argument broke out about a billing dispute, according to police reports.

Dr. Tayeb Giuma, an associate engineering professor with over 20 years of service to UNF, refuses to give specific details about his Sept. 25 arrest.

He was arrested in September for attacking Dustin Brown, president of All True Construction, who was building Giuma a gazebo, and charged with simple battery, according to the police report.

If found guilty, Giuma could spend up to one year in jail because of the state of Florida’s simple battery laws.

In light of the attack and Giuma’s history, he should not be allowed to keep his job, Brown said.

Giuma told the police Brown attacked him outside his home, but after Brown recommended that the police review a video surveillance tape from a neighbor’s house, police realized the video backed Brown’s story that Giuma instigated the fight, according to the report.

Then Giuma changed his story, saying he was attacked in his home before taking the altercation outside, the report said.

Giuma said the media is only reporting one side of the story and said he was attacked in his home.

“You are always innocent until proven guilty,” he told the Spinnaker.

Giuma refused to give out any more information, citing he needed to talk to his lawyers tomorrow.

However, he told the Spinnaker this was “not a big deal.”

But the physical fight inside the home never happened, Brown said.

Brown was in Giuma’s kitchen discussing the bill over a glass of water, when Giuma began getting angry over the bill and over what Brown and Giuma previously agreed on for labor costs, Brown said.

Giuma also called Brown a “dumb redneck,” Brown told the Spinnaker.

The surveillance video from the neighbor’s shows Giuma grabbing an object, a screwdriver, according to the police report.

Then Giuma put it down and grabbed a 2-by-4 and then began waling at Brown.

Brown sustained a large bruise on his back but did not need medical attention, Brown said.

“If I knew there was video, I would have beat the shit out of [Giuma],” Brown told the Spinnaker.

UNF is undergoing an internal investigation in association with general counsel said Sharon Ashton, spokeswoman for UNF.

Giuma is aware of the investigation, Ashton said.

The investigation is independent of the criminal charges, she said.

Giuma does have a history with the police.

In 1999, he was arrested and charged with a felony count of child abuse.

According to the police report: Giuma’s daughter was using the telephone when she wasn’t allowed to be. For punishment, he used a belt and tied his daughter’s hands behind her back sitting her in a chair outside his room to spend the night. He forced his daughter to stay home from school for the next three days. The police noticed a busted blister on the girl’s wrist. Giuma also told the police this not a normal punishment.

Charges on this case were later dropped.

16 Comments

  1. This story is another Fort Hood waiting to happen. if the history of child abuse, spousal abuse, petty theft at Winn Dixie the list goes on and on all documented as public record. if this was High School or Elementary with his background he would not be allowed to teach. .
    I challenge the news paper to keep on this story and really look at all court documented records on how a child abuse case can become dismiss if you admitted to tying up your child in a chair for 9 hours and why it was dismiss. Every charge was either paid off or dissolved so that tells me if you have enough money and a good lawyer you can make any thing go away.

  2. concerned 12

    I agree with 2SWT – there are warning signs here that should not be ignored, dig deeper into this story as there has got to be more, I am confident there will be issues with students, associates, neighbors and other contractors – from what I am reading this guy is a “time bomb” waiting to go off and I only hope it does not happen to one of our own students –

  3. unbelievable this guy has just about got away with murder, hope justice is served

  4. conceredmom28

    As a mother, I am appalled that we allow a man of this character to teach our children! What are they going to learn? Brutality is acceptable as long as no one is watching?

    Obviously, if this man cannot act responsibly, or even sane around adults, he certainly shouldnt be teaching our kids.

  5. concernedmom

    Wow..more information than the news. I am tracking as a parent and do not know how to get “the records”…although I did find a site that wants $$. If this is real…then it is scary. I will keep watch…Thank you for your information.

  6. Seriously….”shouldn’t be teaching our kids”!!! We aren’t in high school. We are adults…..if we can vote, enlist in the military then we are not kids. Go back to high school!!!

  7. I heard this same professor stole student papers and published them, and the University did nothing about it. If I did that to a professor they would kick me out. It seems some professors think they are above the rest of society, and the University just enables them. We are truly in different times.

  8. beach student11

    Knbrown you are right….We are not kids….Good thing for us otherwise Giuma may try and tie us up to a chair…..

  9. Seriously knbrown if the professor was an adult he would not of made the decision to tie a child hands behind her head and make her sit in a chair for 9 hours which he admitted doing. an adult professor that teaches engineering I would have thought of alternative ways to discipline a child for example. try pulling the phone cord out the wall or maybe take the battery out the phone. seriously knbrown who was not acting like an adult shall we pull the plug on that theory.

  10. What a jerk! He was a prick in class. Fry ’em.

  11. concerned 12

    Is there going to be a follow up to this story – Josh, does the newspaper intend to be present at the upcoming court date – believe it is Monday November 16th, updates are welcome, want to hear the explanation as to why he changed the story after learning of the video….”Then Giuma changed his story, saying he was attacked in his home before taking the altercation outside, the report said”, lying should not pay off…..

  12. I will be writing a follow up story. Check http://www.unfspinnaker.com for updates…

  13. No one should rush into conlusion until all facts are disclosed. So far, the story is based on hear say. I am sure there is more to this story than what has been reported by the contractor. Please tell me where I can find a contractor that walks away when offered to be paid for his work.

  14. Eyes Wide Shut

    The administration had to have known this guy has some serious “issues.” Isn’t it their jobs to remove bad faculty and unsafe individuals from campus?

  15. These articles are showing up at the top of Yahoo in searches on related keywords. Kudos!

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