A man who inappropriately touched a woman on the Tube has been handed a community order and placed on the sex offenders register for five years, following a British Transport Police probe.
Stephen Watkins, 41, of Warwick Road, Rayleigh, appeared at Blackfriars Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to sexual assault.
He was handed a 12 month community order and was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
He was also placed on the sex offenders register for five years and was ordered to pay £1,000 in court costs.
Watkins committed the offence around 10.30am on Thursday, 29 November last year on a westbound Central line train.
The court heard that the 18-year-old victim was travelling on a mainline train to Liverpool Street and during the journey she noticed that Watkins was staring at her.
When the train reached the station she made her way to the London Underground and recognised Watkins while she stood on the platform.
The woman then boarded the Tube and Watkins got on closely behind her.
During the journey Watkins inappropriately touched the victim before leaving the train at Tottenham Court Road.
The woman reported the incident to police and Watkins was identified on CCTV following the victim from the mainline train to the Tube.
He was later arrested at his work address and was taken to a London police station.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Anna Fisk, the investigating officer, said: “This was a very frightening and up-setting experience for the victim and I’d like to commend her for assisting officers at every stage, which was vital to securing the conviction of Stephen Watkins.”