A Southall man with a fetish for women’s feet and shoes has been found guilty of outraging public decency.
Blackfriars Crown Court was told this week how Alican Reilly, 21, of Livingstone Road, pestered his victims - including one as young as 14 - on public transport.
The victims said he appeared so convincingly "official" that they initially thought he might be a police officer or ticket inspector when he asked them to take off their shoes.
She refused and, noticing he was “intentionally feeling himself”, she left her seat and told another male passenger what had happened.
Two teenage girls then approached her and told her that he had also asked them to take their shoes off.
On April 17 last year, Reilly was on the top deck of a bus from Coldharbour Lane, in Hayes, when he sat next to another of his victims.
“He asked me to take my boots off, it sounded very official like maybe he was a ticket inspector or CID or with the police – I felt like I had to,” she told the court.
Reilly then ran his hands all over her boots and put his hand inside them, before putting his hands on her feet and rubbing them.
He asked the worried woman if he could keep her boots, but she refused.
The woman said: “I didn’t feel like I could call for help because he was so official with me – I didn’t like the way he touched me, it made me feel very uncomfortable.”
A month later, on May 28, Reilly approached a 14-year-old girl on the Metropolitan line and commented on her shoes. Once he had tricked her into taking her boots off, he began feeling her feet.
The terrified girl left the train at the next stop so her dad could come and collect her.
Reilly had asked both her name and her age, and was well aware she was only 14, the court heard.
He was tracked down by British Transport Police via his freedom pass but was declared unfit to plead because of his profound autism.
A jury of five women and seven men took less than 20 minutes to convict him of three acts of outraging public decency and two counts of common assault.
Judge Peter Clarke QC told Reilly there was “no question of a prison sentence” and ordered him to return to court on September 21 to determine future mental health treatment.
He was barred from all London buses and trains until the next hearing.