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Jail for man who sexually assaulted teen on train – Merseyside

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A man who sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl as she travelled home has been jailed for 16 months, following a British Transport Police investigation. 

Nathan Graham Russell, aged 28, of HMP Altcourse, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday, 20 July, after pleading guilty to sexual assault.

He was also made the subject of a 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order which forbids Russell from approaching or communicating with any female under the age of 18 years.

He received additional jail time for breaches of a previous order, taking the total to 26 months plus eight weeks.

The court heard how on Sunday, March 1 at around 8pm, the victim spotted Russell carrying a case of beer, swigging from a can and arguing with a member of station staff at Leasowe station, Wirral, as she waited to board her train.

Russell and another man, who the victim assumed to be his friend, boarded the train and sat in the same carriage as the girl.

When Russell’s friend left the service, Russell switched seats in order to  move closer to the victim and started engaging her in conversation.

During the conversation the girl began to feel increasingly uncomfortable as Russell began touching her inappropriately, an ordeal that lasted over 10 minutes. 

His terrified victim was afraid to challenge Russell, as he had told her he had served time in prison.

Investigating officer DC Martin Melia said: “This was a disgusting and opportunist attack on a young girl, travelling home following a day out with her friend.

“Russell’s victim was left traumatised by his behaviour. She should have been able to travel in safety and without falling victim to Russell’s vile and unwanted advances.

“There is no doubt that Russell is a sexual  predator and that his behaviour is exacerbated  in drink,  which is why we applied for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.”

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