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Dr. Tayeb Giuma’s first pretrial date was Nov. 16, and the proceedings have begun for the UNF professor who could spend up to a year in county jail.

Steve Siegel, assistant state attorney who supervises from the prosecution side, is not able to say much about the ongoing case, he said.

“I can’t talk about plea negotiations or sentencing,” Siegel said.

The next court date is Dec. 9, he said.

Giuma has plead not guilty to a simple battery charge after a physical altercation with his contractor resulted in the professor’s arrest Sept. 25 — this comes despite video evidence that shows Giuma hitting the contractor with a 2-by-4.

Giuma, who has declined to comment, has previously said he was attacked inside his own home before the fight broke outside.

Giuma’s professional engineering license also became “null and void” in 2003, when he failed to renew it.

The Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction Peter Braza did not return voice mails regarding this.

The cameras, which recorded the altercation, were on Giuma’s neighbor’s house, Tom Piatak.

Piatak installed them after he and Giuma kept a construction worker at his home past 6 p.m. against the Queens Harbour By Laws, which require all construction workers to be gone by 6 p.m.

Joanna Norris, spokesperson for UNF, said there has been no change in the internal investigation, and Giuma is still employed at UNF.

Giuma’s Police Record

In 2001, Giuma took his wife by the hair and threw her to the floor after she couldn’t immediately get his daughter on the phone. Giuma was angry his daughter moved out on her own and their financial dispute about money she owed him.

In 2005, Giuma was arrested, then given a notice to appear for petty theft after he went through a self-checkout lane at Winn Dixie and tried to pay $21 for over $220 worth of groceries.

In 2005, one of Giuma’s neighbor’s called the police to report that Giuma said, “I’m gonna hunt you are down until you are dead.” Giuma was not at home at this time. The neighbor said Giuma has a bad relationship with most the people on the street.

In 2008, Giuma was again arrested and given a notice to appear for petty theft at Lowe’s on Atlantic Boulevard. Giuma put six dimmer switches inside of a vent box and then only paid for the box. A loss prevention worker stopped him, and Giuma admitted he attempted to leave the store without paying for the switches.

Source: police reports


19 Responses to “Court proceedings begin for Giuma”

  1. Are you serious on November 18th, 2009 3:24 pm

    Let me get this straight he is a thief who beats his wife, assaults his contractor and threatens his neighbors. UNF should be ashamed of themselves. How do justify having this teaching and influencing your student body. Is this guy still employed by UNF John Delaney???


  2. Really on November 18th, 2009 5:08 pm

    Do you think there is still availability in a class with him for the Spring semester???


  3. Eyes Wide Shut on November 18th, 2009 6:57 pm

    Wasn’t this guy fired once already from UNF? Spinnaker should do a story on how he got back in and why.


  4. clambake on November 18th, 2009 10:11 pm

    Great reporting, u deserve a Pulizter, from what u reported, this is a bad bad guy, hopefully justice is served….


  5. [email protected] on November 19th, 2009 12:04 am

    If I read this right, is Giuma in Queens Harbor, how does an associate professor have a home in Queens Harbor, something aint right, no wonder he isnt paying his bills


  6. a on November 20th, 2009 2:58 pm

    @Eyes Wide Shut:I do not believe that Dr. Giuma has ever been fired from UNF. He has been in the crosshairs of the administration in the past, although that can partially be attributed to the childish games that UNF officials like to play.
    @clambake: Are you serious? This is one of the most poorly written articles I have seen. For instance, why is that sentence about Giuma’s PE license even mentioned in the article? It’s irrelevant to the issue at hand. Although this could have been a good article … it wasn’t. Perhaps “u” should reevaluate what constitutes good journalism.
    @11223: If you search, you will find that Giuma owns a good number of properties around town, and likely made serious money from real estate. Also, professors (including associate professors) make fairly nice salaries.

    It is a shame that this is associated with the college, and I hope that it does not damage UNF’s reputation too much. Not to excuse this type of behavior, but at least this isn’t as bad as some of the recent news about UF professors (cocaine and fraud). Why are some of the most intelligent people so incredibly stupid?


  7. AlumEE1234 on November 20th, 2009 6:23 pm

    This worthless clown has been and is a disgrace to the school and the EE department. How long do they have to wait to kick him out? When are they going to start realizing the damage that he has been and is causing to the school? Hopefully before the Alumni stop supporting the department because of him.


  8. Hearty46 on November 22nd, 2009 4:31 pm

    Guima needs to teach somewhere else- he has lost the respect of his students at UNF.


  9. alum45al on November 22nd, 2009 11:44 pm

    Hearty46 – Agree he shouldn’t teach, and recommend he does not teach anywhere, unless he is teaching the other criminals at a correctional facility….UNF I hope he is at least suspended while your investigation is going on, please advise


  10. Really on November 23rd, 2009 9:21 am

    @a: How is Giuma’s behavior not worse than cocaine or fraud. Battery, Child abuse, Domestic abuse, and theft. This guy gets a little bit of everything…


  11. ALUMNI2008 on November 23rd, 2009 10:15 am

    I have read both articles, seen the criminal record, and heard about the plagirism charges. We all have skeletons in our closet. This guy will get whats coming to him, what goes around comes around. The serious question is – “Do you want this guy mentoring and influencing your kids?”

    I certainly do NOT.

    Now that the University is aware of his volitile character, he should be shown the door. Do we live in America anymore? I would hope the university would do someting about it, but remember Delaney is a politician, don’t expect much out of him.


  12. daryl on November 23rd, 2009 10:26 am

    this guy is a tard! Fire Him!


  13. jazzalum inum on November 24th, 2009 2:53 am

    I’m ashamed that UNF hasn’t taken a stronger position on this issue. As an institution, you are measured by the quality of your professors. Clearly, this is not a man fit to wield influence.


  14. Josh on November 24th, 2009 10:10 pm
  15. Really on November 25th, 2009 9:48 am

    Thanks for the update Josh


  16. concerned12 on December 8th, 2009 8:33 pm


    Believe Giuma’s court date is tomorrow, can you provide an update – would like to stay abreast of this situation and the University’s response


  17. clambake on January 11th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Any update on the court proceedings, can not delay the inevitable – Spinnaker, please provide an update on this guy


  18. littleone on February 15th, 2010 10:27 pm

    Get rid of him now…


  19. Are you serious on January 25th, 2011 9:00 pm

    What happened to this bum? Did he get psycological counseling?


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