The Eroticism of Fat Men
Evening Standard 05 August 2015
A foot fetishist tricked two young women into taking off their shoes so he could fondle their feet as they travelled on public transport.
Alican Reilly, 21, appeared so convincingly ‘official’ that one victim thought he might be a police officer or ticket inspector.
Reilly rubbed himself through his jeans as he handled the women’s shoes or touched their feet.
He first struck on 28 October 2010 on a train from Kew Bridge towards Clapham Junction, Blackfriars Crown Court heard
Reilly told the victim he liked her boots and asked her if they came off, but she replied “no, they staying on”.
“I noticed he was intentionally feeling himself in the groin area – I couldn’t see if his penis was erect but his zip was still closed,” she said.
She was so concerned she left her seat and went and sat close to another male passenger and told him what had happened.
Two teenage girls then approached her and told her that he had also asked them to take their shoes off.
The next victim was travelling on the top deck of an empty bus from Coldharbour Lane in Hayes towards Harrow on 17 April 2014 when Hayes came and sat beside her.
“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 said.
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 “almost like a massage.”
He asked the 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.”
She added: “No one has the right to touch me, I didn’t give him permission.”
CCTV footage of the incident showed that Reilly had been rubbing his crotch through his jeans throughout the incident.
A month later on 28 May 2014, Reilly approached a 14 year-old-girl on the Metropolitan line as she made her way home from a day out with a friend.
Again he sat down beside her, despite the fact the train was almost empty, and told her she had nice shoes and asked where she got them from and how she took them off.
Once he had tricked her into taking her boots off, he began feeling her feet while covering his crotch with a newspaper so he could rub his genitals.
The teen was so terrified she 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 eventually tracked down by British Transport Police via his freedom pass but was declared unfit to plead because of his profound autism.
The fact he masturbated on public transport and touched two of the women was not disputed by his defence team.
It took a jury of five women and seven men less than 20 minutes to find he had committed three acts of outraging public decency and two counts of common assault.
Following the jury’s decision, Judge Peter Clarke QC said: “Not only is what he did to those woman wholly unacceptable, but also consider what a man witnessing this sort of behaviour might do to him.”
He told Reilly there was “no question of a prison sentence” but ordered him to return to court on 21 September to determine future mental health treatment.
The judge said: “Authorities are very strapped for cash at the moment but it’s important that they do everything we can to try and help.”
Reilly, of Livingstone Road, Southall, was barred from all London buses and trains until the next hearing.