A drunken passenger who sexually assaulted a female member of train staff as she served refreshments to commuters has been jailed for 12 months.
Lee Robert Cusworth, 43, of Lawnwood Drive, Goldthorpe, was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
Sheffield Crown Court heard how Cusworth assaulted his victim as she attempted to serve drinks on a busy train between London Kings Cross and Newcastle in February this year.
The hearing was told he was one of a group of rowdy and drunk men who had already been reprimanded for standing on seats, when he began shouting lewd comments and touched her as she attempted to move past him with her trolley.
The victim managed to alert the train guard who called ahead for British Transport Police officers to meet the train at Doncaster Railway Station.
She identified Cusworth to the officers who removed, arrested and took him away into custody.
Cusworth pleaded guilty to sexual assault at court on Thursday, August 20.
After the hearing, investigating officer Alek Marinkovic warned that incidents of this kind will not be tolerated by BTP.
He added: “This was an extremely frightening and intimidating experience for the victim, who was simply doing her job when Cusworth decided to humiliate and sexually assault her in front of a packed train.
“This is reflected in the severity of the sentence handed to Cusworth.
“Unwanted sexual behaviour on the railway network will not be tolerated.
“We will always fully investigate all sexual offences and encourage victims to report all incidents to us.”
A spokesman for Virgin Trains East Coast added: “We welcome this sentence and fully support the British Transport Police in their initiative to increase reporting of such offences, which thankfully are a relatively rare occurrence.”
BTP’s investigation into this crime came as part of their ‘Report It to Stop It’ campaign, which aims to increase the reporting of unwanted sexual behaviour on the country’s rail network.
Victims of unwanted sexual behaviour can report it to BTP by text on 61016 or ring 0800 40 50 40.