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Sex offender jailed for exposing himself to women on the London Underground

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A sex offender is now behind bars after exposing himself to victims on the Bakerloo Line in London.

Michael Osadebay was sentenced to 21 months in jail at Blackfriars Crown Court – he was also banned from travelling on areas of the Underground.

The 35-year-old targeted lone women in quiet carriages; he would sit near them and typically ask for a tissue before touching himself.

Two of the offences happened in late 2016 and five happened in 2018 with the last occurring in October.

The victim’s ages ranged from their 20s to their 30s. 

One victim described his actions as “disturbing” and “scary”.

Officers collected reams of CCTV footage, witness statements and scoured each crime scene; however forensic enquiries and distributing his image achieved no results. 

After his last offence, on a tube approaching Oxford Circus in October 2018, officers found conclusive DNA pointing directly at Osadebay – he was arrested when he appeared at court for a separate matter.

He was found guilty of seven counts of outraging public decency and was sentenced on Monday 12 August.

Osadebay, of Newbery Road in Erith, was also handed a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order that activates upon his release from prison.

It stops him travelling on areas of the London Underground without notifying British Transport Police. He is also required to use a contactless payment card or Oyster card registered in his name when travelling. 

He will also be added to the sex offenders register for ten years.

British Transport Police investigating officer DC Helen Parsfield said: “Osadebay never considered the impact his behaviour would have on his victims, who felt extremely uncomfortable and understandably scared for their own safety.

“Each woman rightfully reported his crimes, which gave us a strong understanding of the extent of his offending and ensured when he did appear in court he answered for the distress he caused.

“No one should ever be subjected to such behaviour; uniformed and plain clothed officers regularly patrol the underground to root out sexual offences and ensure such crime remains rare. If you have been a victim please get in touch.” 

Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance and Policing at TfL, added: “Nobody should have to experience this vile and criminal behaviour on public transport. 
“We are determined to stamp out unwanted sexual behaviour on our network. Osadebay was a predator and we are pleased to see that he has been brought to justice for his crimes. 
“We urge women to come forward and report unwanted sexual behaviour so we can take action against offenders.” 

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