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Jail for Birmingham train sex offender

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A man, who sexually assaulted a teenage girl and deliberately rubbed his groin against a woman in Birmingham, has been jailed.

On 13 March 2018, an 18-year-old woman contacted police after getting off a Birmingham to Sutton Coldfield service, saying she felt “violated” after a man stood next to her and rubbed himself against her shoulder. 

Police were called again on 15 March by the father of a 13-year-old girl, who said his daughter had been touched inappropriately on her journey home from school the previous day and that they had just seen the man who assaulted her arrive on a train at Aston station. 

Officers immediately attended and arrested Michael Cosco, 63, of Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath. Following enquiries, he was identified as a suspect for a number of other offences in February, where a man touched himself inappropriately on a platform at Birmingham New Street and exposed himself on a train between Five Ways and New Street. He was later linked to a further incident in April when a man rubbed his groin against a woman on a tram in Wednesbury. 

Cosco was subsequently charged with three counts of sexual assault, two counts of outraging public decency and one of indecent exposure. 

He admitted one charge of sexual assault against the 18-year-old and, following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court, he was convicted of the sexual assault against the 13-year-old, with the judge ordering the other charges to lie on record. On 5 October, Cosco was sentenced to a total of two years and nine months in jail, placed on the Sex Offenders Register and handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.    

DC Stuart Williamson from BTP said: “We take all reports of sexual offences extremely seriously and we are grateful to those who came forward about this man’s disgusting behaviour.

“This allowed us to build a picture of his offending so we could put him behind bars, where he can no longer be a nuisance to passengers. 

“This case should also give the public confidence to report such crimes to us, safe in the knowledge they will be thoroughly investigated and offenders pursued through the courts.”

Your safety is our priority and our Report it to Stop it campaign encourages passengers to contact us about anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. Report any unwanted sexual behaviour as soon as possible. Text 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40.

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