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Prolific sex offender jailed for three more years after touching teenage victim

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A prolific sex offender has had an extra three years added to his jail sentence for stroking a woman’s thigh on a train to London.

Clifford Hayes sat next to the teenage victim in a virtually empty carriage on Wednesday 12 June.

He put a coat over his lap and began touching himself, then stretched out and started touching her thigh.

The teenage victim was so traumatised when she left the train that she burst into tears – she was helped by a member of the public who advised her to contact British Transport Police.

The 59-year-old from Drayton Road, Norwich, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and breaching a sexual harm prevention order and was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday 10 October.

When this incident was brought to court, Hayes was already a serving a two-year sentence for a sexual offence committed on Friday 14 June.

The circumstances were very similar, with Hayes touching himself beneath his coat in front of a woman on a train to London.

The victim, aged in her 30s, said he sat close enough for her to smell him, and he made “intense, aroused and contorted” facial expressions during the act.

Hayes had been released from prison 11 days before the offences. He had been serving a three-year sentence for previous sexual offending.

DC Brendan Jones, of British Transport Police, said: “Hayes is one for the most prolific sexual offenders we’ve dealt with. It’s clear that he has compulsion for this behaviour and cares little for the obvious discomfort and severe distress he causes to his victims. 

“We’ve introduced initiatives to help make reporting such offences easier and to help us crack down on criminals like Hayes.

“If you’ve experienced any unwanted sexual behaviour on the railway, you can report it discreetly by texting us on 61016. We take any offence of this nature very seriously so please get in touch.” 

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