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Reporter helps catch train sex menace

PUBLISHED: 15:33 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:16 23 August 2010

POLICE have praised the Reporter for helping to jail a sex pest who exposed himself to women on trains. Erdal Dogan, 32, from Crayford, is serving a 10-week prison sentence after being snared when one of his two victims was shown a CCTV image of a police

POLICE have praised the Reporter for helping to jail a sex pest who exposed himself to women on trains.

Erdal Dogan, 32, from Crayford, is serving a 10-week prison sentence after being snared when one of his two victims was shown a CCTV image of a police suspect featured in our paper.

The teenager, from Gravesend, spoke to us days after her ordeal in May this year, in a bid to raise awareness and help trace the victim.

But when we showed her an appeal in an earlier Reporter edition she immediately spotted the flasher, saying: "Oh my God! That's him. I can't believe it. Just looking at him, he makes me sick."

The startled teenager contacted British Transport Police (BTP) officers to say she had also been a victim of the flasher. Weeks later, she helped plain-clothed officers identify Dogan as he waited at Crayford railway station.

Your campaigning Reporter role in his conviction earlier this month was officially recognised and praised this week.

Detective Constable Andy Parkinson, the investigating officer, said: "I would like to pay tribute to the victims who came forward and provided us with detailed statements and descriptions of Dogan because it was with their help that we were able to quickly piece the events together and identify him as the culprit.

"I would also like to thank the Gravesend Reporter for their help in appealing for information about the incidents.

"These were frightening and intimidating experiences for the two women involved. I hope that the prison sentence handed down to Dogan shows that this type of criminality will be fully investigated by police or the courts."

Dogan was sentenced at Bexley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, November 18, after pleading guilty to two counts of indecent exposure. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for seven years and has to pay the victims £100 compensation.

When arrested the flasher gave "no comment" responses to police questioning, and remained silent when presented with CCTV stills taken at the scene. He admitted his crimes only when he was sent to court after being charged.

Magistrates heard that on the first occasion Dogan approached a woman, now aged 18, on a train between Crayford and Sidcup on March 31 and sat opposite her before exposing himself.

On May 12 he trailed a woman, now aged 19, onto a train at Crayford before again exposing himself and touching himself indecently. Detectives from BTP's public protection unit launched separate investigations but linked the cases following the Reporter article.

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