August 2017

Bus pervert who performed sex act in front of kids caught after WIFE recognised CCTV picture

A pervert who exposed himself and performed sex acts on a bus was tracked down after his wife recognised his photo in a police appeal.

Ramzi Selim, 31, handed himself in to police after an image, taken from onboard CCTV cameras on Arriva buses, was released.

The new dad had twice performed sex acts on local buses, once in the presence of a girl as young as seven.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds told Teesside Crown Court that Selim, an Arabic speaker, told police later he had been in England for seven months and that his wife was pregnant at the time.

Selim first targeted a 19-year-old woman who got on a bus at 6pm on January 17 to go to work, the court heard.

She sat down and was immediately aware of a man sitting behind her on the back seat, who had exposed himself and was performing a sex act.

She was embarrassed and got off at Thornaby before her intended stop and reported him to the police.

“I was shocked and frightened. I was afraid that the man might be a rapist,” the girl told officers.

Mr Dodds said: “The onboard CCTV showed him behaving in this way for 20 minutes and he got off at Thorntree Road shops.”

He said a 14-year-old girl was in a similar situation at 4.45pm on March 25, travelling on the 17A Arriva bus from Middlesbrough Bus Station.

She heard the sound of metal banging off something and turned around, and could clearly see Selim performing a sex act.

The teen said Selim was looking towards a little girl who was about seven.

Mr Dodds added: “The CCTV showed it lasted 15 to 20 minutes. This girl got off the bus long before her own stop and she walked home.”

Cleveland Police released an image of the man to the press in an attempt to catch the culprit – and Selim’s wife recognised him.

Officers were shown the clothes worn in the CCTV still.

Judge Tony Briggs told Selim, who had pleaded guilty to exposure and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child: “That behaviour is quite unacceptable.

“It is distressing, frightening and upsetting to the children concerned, and quite clearly attracts a custodial sentence.”

Selim, formerly of Middlesbrough, and now of Chatsworth Square, Carlisle, was given a nine month jail sentence suspended for two years with 15 days rehabilitation requirement, a seven year sexual harm prevention order banning unsupervised contact with children under 17.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for seven years.