Sex pest twice molested woman who boarded Snaresbrook Tube train

09:04 26 June 2012

A sex pest who molested a commuter twice in a week has been jailed for eight months.

Eduard Stepanov, 46, groped the horrified woman’s private parts after she boarded a westbound Central Line Tube at Snaresbrook station, Station Approach, on August 23.

After spotting her again on August 30, Stepanov stalked her from one carriage to another before grabbing her bottom, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

The shocked 28-year-old, who was travelling to work in south London, was initially too afraid to make a complaint but alerted police after the second attack.

A jury found father-of-one Stepanov guilty of two counts of sexual assault after a trial.

Judge Timothy Lamb told Stepanov: “The victim’s evidence was on the occasion of the first assault that your hand went up between her legs as far as her clothed genitals.

“You dispute that your hand went that far but there was deliberate touching.

“Your account of events on August 23 was that you misinterpreted the signals the victim was giving you.

“Even if one gives you credit for the nature of your misunderstanding, the events on August 30 are beyond the comprehension of this court.

“You encountered the same victim and followed her from one carriage to another.

“She overcame her fear on the second occasion and fled from the train.”

Stepanov is also subject to a five-year restraining order banning him contacting the victim and from entering Snaresbrook Tube station.

He is only allowed to travel in the last three carriages when he uses the Underground.

Daniel Higgins, defending, said Stepanov mistakenly believed the woman had given her consent and he became “confused” after she did not immediately stop him touching her.

Stepanov, of Wellington Road, Leytonstone, denied two counts of sexual assault.

He must sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The victim's purse had £50 in it (Credit: PA/Jon Giddens)

An elderly woman has had her purse stolen from her handbag as she shopped in Uxbridge town centre, and now police have released video of the ‘damaging’ crime to make sure the thief “faces justice for what they have done”.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Usman Tahir, who was sentenced to serve 12 years in jail. Credit: Met Police

A vile opportunist who tried to rape two vulnerable women late at night has been jailed for 12 years.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The stabbing took place in Besant Way (Pic: Google)

A man has been stabbed several times ‘in the face and body’ on a street in the St Raphael’s Estate in Neasden.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The farmer tried to jump out of the window to avoid detention (Picture: Redbridge MPS /Twitter)

When a working weed farm spread over seven rooms in a Redbridge home was busted yesterday, its occupant attempted to jump out of the window to get away.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
A man was taken to hospital after being stabbed in the head outisde a McDonald's (Picture: Imrun I / @lilshortround)

A man was knifed outside a McDonald’s on busy Bromley High Street this morning, leaving ‘blood on the pavement’.

Monday, February 8, 2016
Smooth (Photo: Kingston Police)

When faced with a frantic police chase, most people would just stand and gape.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more
Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport