A perverted fetishist who tricked young girls into removing their shoes on trains and buses so he could fondle their feet has been banned from using public transport.
Alican Reilly, 21, who targeted three female passengers – including a 14-year-old girl – had an “obsession with boots” from a young age, the court heard.
He acted in such an “official” manner that one victim thought he might be a police officer or ticket inspector.
Reilly, of Southall, west London, was found guilty of outraging public decency and common assault, but his lawyer tried to argue that the stress of going through the courts was punishment enough.
Sentencing him to a criminal behaviour order that bans him from public transport for two years unless he is with another adult, Judge Peter Clarke QC said: “It’s for your own good.”
“This sort of behaviour on public transport is wholly unacceptable.”
Yesterday at Blackfriars Crown Court, the court heard that Reilly ‘admitted having a fetish’ to the author of his pre-sentence report.
Avantika Prakash, prosecuting, said: “These three offences relate to Mr Reilly being on various trains and on each occasion he would approach an unaccompanied female passenger, engage them in conversation and then ask them to take their boots off.
“He had an obsession with boots from a young age.
“They would then take their boots off because they would often believe that he was talking in an official capacity.”
At a previous hearing, the court heard Reilly asked a woman if her boots came off on a train from Kew Bridge to Clapham Junction on October 28th, 2010.
“I noticed he was intentionally feeling himself in the groin area,” she said.
“I couldn’t see if his penis was erect, but his zip was still closed.”
On April 17 last year, Reilly convinced a woman who was travelling on the top deck of an empty bus from Hayes towards Harrow to take her boots off before rubbing them and her feet.
She said: “He asked me to take my boots off, it sounded very official like maybe he was a ticket inspector or CID or with the police.
“I felt like I had to.”
CCTV footage of the incident showed that Reilly had been rubbing his crotch through his jeans during the exchange.
A month later, Reilly approached a 14-year-old girl travelling home on the Metropolitan Underground line.
Once he had tricked her into taking off her boots, he began feeling her feet while covering his crotch with a newspaper so he could rub his genitals.
The teen, who Reilly was aware was only 14 after asking her age, was so terrified she left the train at the next stop.
Reilly, who is profoundly autistic and was found unfit to plead, was found guilty at a half-day fact-finding trial on August 4 in which he did not give evidence.
Today he was allowed out of the dock to sit in the courtroom as his lawyer insisted that a proposed sexual harm order banning him from public transport for five years would affect his life too much.
Judge Clarke insisted that Reilly, who travelled on public transport throughout the day for the sake of it, deserved to be punished.
He said: “I am increasingly concerned for the safety of young woman on public transport.
“I am very happy to inconvenience Mr Reilly but it is his mother I am not willing to inconvenience.
“It seems to me that saying that he could not go on any public transport by himself for five years is going to place a very heavy burden on those around him.”
He was given a supervision order for one year as well as the criminal behaviour order, a measure introduced last year to replace Asbos.
Reilly was tracked down by British Transport Police via his freedom pass.
The fact he pleasured himself on public transport and touched two of the women was not disputed by his defence team.
A jury found he had committed three acts of outraging public decency and two counts of common assault.