Bell was to 240 hours community service and ordered him to pay £500 in compensation.

Bell was also ordered to register as a sex offender for five years.

November 2003

Sex pest boss groped me

This is the boss found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage colleague – and he is still in a job.

Tina has waived her right to anonymity to say how she was attacked by Stephen Bell.

Bell, 34, of Humber Gardens, Gateshead, was found guilty at Newcastle Crown Court of indecently assaulting Tina on March 4.

But despite his criminal conviction, he has been allowed to stay at his job of supervisor at Executive Cleaning, which is contracted to clean the Metro, where Tina still works. Tina who was 16 at the time, said: “I had just finished cleaning the bathrooms at South Gosforth Station and then I heard Stephen say `Hold on’.

“Then he came into the toilets after me and we were on our own. That’s when it happened.

“I was trying to push him away but I couldn’t and no one else was around. After a couple of minutes I managed to pull the door open and so he stopped and I just ran out.

“I didn’t tell anyone for a couple of days and then I broke down to my sister and she made me tell my mum, who called the police.”

Tinas mum said: “It has ripped our family apart. But now the company are saying they can’t do anything about him and it seems as though they are supporting him, even though he has been found guilty.

“It is not right that he still has his job. He has to sign the sex offenders register. The company handbook says that anyone who commits gross misconduct should be dismissed. So why is he still there?

“Tina has been off work for depression and stress ever since, and she has only just managed to go back to work. It has broken her heart.”

Tina added: “When it first happened he was suspended for a month but now he is suspended on full pay but still working sometimes as a supervisor.

“There was an internal investigation but nothing happened.

“It was horrible to go back to work and know he was still there. He would be on my Metro home at the end of the day.

“I asked Executive Cleaning what they were going to do about it, and they said there was nothing they could do until he appealed. Everyone at work was talking about me behind my back, it was horrible.”

Executive Cleaning confirmed Stephen Bell does work for them but refused to comment further.

A Nexus spokesman said “He is no longer working on the Metro system.”

Bell will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on November 28.