Judge raises fears Yorkshire ‘train sex pervert’ will strike again

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A convicted sex offender indecently assaulted a terrified woman on a train in West Yorkshire, a court heard.

Aaron Gary Hardy, 29, propositioned the woman for sex before molesting her on the Doncaster to South Elmsall service on November 18.

Hardy, who denied a charge of sexual touching, was convicted after a trial at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told Hardy, of Crown Yard, South Kirkby, near Pontefract, has a previous conviction for a similar sex offence in 2011.

Deputy district judge Peter Hollingworth remanded Hardy in custody after finding him guilty of the sex assault.

Judge Hollingworth told Hardy’s solicitor Kim Foley: “I’m very worried about your client. I think he will do it again.”

The woman, who cannot be identified, told the court Hardy got on the train at Doncaster and sat next to her before assaulting her.

Prosecutor Emma Trueman asked her why she didn’t get away from him. The victim said she felt very scared and “froze” out of shock.

She said: “He started being very crude and said ‘come to my house’ and ‘I want to have sex with you’.”

He told police he’d talked to her about his Staffordshire Bull Terriers and had invited her home for a “cup of coffee”.

He said he’d asked her for a kiss and pecked her on the cheek when she agreed.

He said they’d had a normal conversation but had later asked for a kiss on leaving as he thought it was a friendly thing to do. But Judge Hollingworth said he was satisfied Hardy had “lied throughout the whole tenor of this case” and found him guilty.

He adjourned sentencing for a report but said he was considering committing the case for sentence so a crown court judge could consider whether Hardy was a dangerous offender. The judge told Mrs Foley: “I’m very worried about your client. I’m very worried about him indeed.

“This is a man who, it seems to me, at Doncaster singled out this young lady. He gets on the train and sits next to her.”