A man who sexually assaulted a teenager on a bus in Dagenham has been jailed.
Samuel Stoica, 23 (05.07.1996) of Ripple Road, Barking, RM9 pleaded guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 19 July. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison and will be deported to Romania after his sentence.
He will also be made subject to a Sexual harm Prevention order and will remain on the sex offence register for ten years.
The court heard how on 24 May, Stoica boarded a bus route 173 in Dagenham and went to the upper deck. He engaged a 17-year-old girl in conversation. He then sexually assaulted the female by kissing her, grabbing her round the throat, and forcing his hand onto body. He also exposed his penis.
Stoica was identified from CCTV footage on the bus and promptly arrested following enquiries.
DC Teresa Moore from the Roads and Transport Policing Command said: “This was a particularly nasty assault on a young woman, who was going about her business on the bus network. The suspect used force against a teenager alone on a bus.
“The sentence sends out a clear message that such conduct will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly.
“We remain totally committed to keeping people safe on the transport network across London
“I would encourage anyone who is a victim of sexual assault to report the matter to police as soon as they can so we can catch the perpetrator(s) and put them where they belong – in jail.”
Detective Superintendent, Andy Cox from the Roads and Transport Policing Command said: “My sincere thanks to DC Teresa Moore from the Roads and Transport Policing Command CID who led the investigation and through an excellent investigation resulted in a good sentence imposed on a dangerous offender.”
Mandy McGregor, Head of Transport Policing at Transport for London, said: “We are pleased with the sentence that has been given to Stoica for his disgusting and predatory assault of a young woman. Thanks to her bravery to come forward and report it, Stoica was identified quickly by the police and brought to justice for this crime. 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.”