Holloway train flasher who exposed himself to teenage girls jailed

Andrew Leontilu

Andrew Leontilu - Credit: Archant

A sex offender from Holloway has been jailed after flashing two teenage girls on a train.

Andrew Leontilu, 27, of Benwell Road, followed the girls aged 13 and 15 on to an overground train at Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station at 7.40am on June 25.

After trying to strike up conversation and being ignored, Leontilu, who was out on licence for a previous sexual offence, exposed himself to the girls.

He then followed them down the train as they tried to escape him, forcing them to exit the train at Kentish Town West and report Leontilu to an on duty Police Community Support Officer.

An investigation by British Transport Police (BPT) using CCTV was launched to identify Leontilu who was later arrested.

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He was sentenced to six months in prison by a judge at Blackfriars Crown Court yesterday (November 5) after pleading guilty to exposure under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

PC Robert Reed, the investigating officer, said: “Leontilu’s predatory nature caused not only alarm to the teenagers but they were forced to leave the train early to escape him.

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“We welcome the sentence handed to Leontilu and hope it serves as a warning that sexual offences anywhere on the rail network will not be tolerated.”

The sentencing comes following the launch of Project Guardian – a multi agency initiative involving British Transport Police (BTP), Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Command (STC), City of London Police and Transport for London (TfL).

The project aims to improve the levels of reporting among victims of sexual offences a on the transport network.

To report an incident of a sexual nature that occurred on a train or Tube, call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 with details of what happened.

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