Man who forced teen to engage in sexual act in Romford public toilet guilty
A man who confronted a schoolboy in a public toilet and forced him to engage in a sexual act has been convicted of his crimes.
Graham John Mills, 54, passed a sexually explicit note under a loo cubicle to his 13-year-old victim and then threatened to attack him if he did not comply with the demand in the note.
His victim had been on his way home when he stopped at the Cedar Park public toilets in Chadwell Heath, Romford, on 30 January this year. The teenager managed to escape after promising Mills he would return the next day.
Mills denied attempted rape and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He was found guilty of both counts following a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court, which concluded today [Thursday, 7 June 2018].
Mubeena Cockar-Khan, Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS London North, said: “This was a brazen and disturbing assault in a public place that left the young victim shaken and scared.
“I would like to thank the victim for his immense bravery in coming forward and helping the prosecution case. The CPS takes sexual crimes against young people very seriously and will continue to bring these cases to court. I hope this conviction acts as a deterrent to those who seek to abuse children and brings some comfort to the victim.”
Mills will be sentenced on 28 June.
Notes to editors
- Graham John Mills [DOB: 14/12/63] is from Romford in the borough of Havering
- Mubeena Cockar-Khan is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit at CPS London North.