A man found guilty of sexually assaulting two teenage girls on buses has been jailed.
Andrew Godman, 34 (05.12.84) of Salehurst Road, Brockley was found guilty of sexually assaulting two teenage girls on buses within an hour in south east London on Wednesday, 19 June, after a trial at Woolwich Crown Court.
He was sentenced on Monday, 19 August at the same court to three-and-a-half years' imprisonment. A ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) was also made, prohibiting Godman from sitting next to or approaching girls on public transport, and from using two south London bus routes.
Both victims were 13-years-old. The offences were committed on the afternoon of 15 November 2018 and in each case Godman sat next to the victim, blocking her in by the window seat, and subjected her to a prolonged sexual assault.
The first offence was committed on a busy Route 126 bus heading towards Eltham. The assault lasted for around half an hour, during which time the victim told Godman to stop several times and tried to discreetly get the attention of other passengers so they could help.
Around half an hour later, he boarded a Route 273 bus in the Grove Park area of Lewisham. Godman was captured on CCTV groping the second victim's thigh in an assault which lasted for around five minutes, before the victim got off at an earlier stop than she intended in order to escape him.
Both incidents were reported to police, and the investigation was led by the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command.
Within days of a media appeal with an image of the man sought being published, information was received about a possible suspect and officers visited Godman's address resulting in his arrest.
During police interview, Godman was shown CCTV of the assaults and admitted it was him sitting on the bus with the two victims, but denied that he had sexually assaulted them.
Godman was charged on Wednesday, 13 February with two counts of sexual assault, and first appeared at Bromley Magistrates' Court the following day.
Detective Constable Darren Barlow, who led the investigation, said: “These were appalling sexual assaults in public on two young, vulnerable girls who were understandably left shaken and distressed by the attacks.
"Despite having CCTV evidence which clearly showed the assaults, Godman denied wrongdoing and suggested that the allegations were made up, making the victims relive their experiences in court. Thankfully, a jury saw through his denials.
"I hope that this result shows how hard officers in the Roads and Transport Command work to identify people who commit predatory offences on London's transport network.
“As always, we continue to urge the travelling public to be vigilant and look out for each other, and report any offences or anything suspicious to police right away by calling 999 or 101 – you can also speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Mandy McGregor, Head of Transport Policing at Transport for London, said: “Andrew Godman is a predator. He sexually assaulted two young girls which must have been terrifying for them. Thanks to their courage to come forward and report the incidents, Godman was identified quickly by the police and has been brought to justice for his deplorable crimes.
"We are working closely with the police to target offenders and keep our passengers safe. We would encourage anyone who experiences unwanted sexual behaviour to report it to the police as soon as possible so we can take action.”