Tube pervert caught by undercover police as he sexually assaulted woman on Central line

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A Tube pervert was busted by undercover police officers who caught him sexually assaulting a woman on a London Underground train.

Shobankumar Jothiraman, 38, from Manor Park, was first spotted by plain-clothed officers at Mile End station as he prowled up and down the Tube platform looking at women.

He then got on a Central line train, heading towards Liverpool Street, where he stood “unnecessarily close” to a young woman in the carriage, police said.

Standing behind her, Jothiraman then sexually assaulted the 25-year-old victim over her clothes.

The two undercover police intervened and arrested Jothiraman following the incident, which happened on August 8.

“No one should have to experience unwanted sexual behaviour whilst travelling on the underground,” said investigating officer PC Graham Evans.

“Judging by his conduct on the platform, Jothiraman was seeking a woman to assault in this manner before he boarded the train. 

“Unfortunately for him, plain clothed BTP officers were conducting patrols on the line he had chosen to offend at, and he was swiftly arrested and brought before the courts.”

Siwan Hayward, TfL’s head of transport policing, said: “Everyone has the right to travel without fear or intimidation and alongside the police we will eradicate unwanted sexual behaviour from public transport in London. 

“This case sends a clear message to all potential offenders that plain clothes officers operate on our services. Offenders will be caught and brought to justice for their disgusting crimes.”

Jothiraman, of Sibley Grove, pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court to one count of sexual assault on a female.

He was sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for two years, and ordered to sign the sex offender register for seven years.

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