Train driver convicted of taking photos of sleeping woman on St Albans train

A train driver has been convicted of taking photos of a sleeping woman on a train, following an investigation by British Transport Police.

Paolo Barone, aged 51, of Brackley Road, High Wycombe, Bucks was returning home from his shift as a Thameslink driver when he committed the offense on a train from Blackfriars to St Albans on Thursday, September 15, 2022.

British Transport Police said that while wearing his work uniform, he repeatedly took photographs of the sleeping woman during his 45-minute journey. As he prepared to leave the train in St Albans, he took more photos, positioning his phone so it was facing up the woman’s skirt.

His employer identified him and Barone was arrested at his home address. Three phones and a computer were seized, with one of the phones containing five images of the woman.

He was found guilty of voyeurism and sentenced to three months in prison, of which twelve months were suspended. He must also complete a 55-hour rehabilitation activity requirement and sign the sex offenders register for seven years.

Investigating officer DC Daryl Keogh said: “Carrying his unformal work meant Barone was in a position of trust when he committed this vile and disgusting offence. Seeing that the woman was asleep and vulnerable, he took the opportunity, not to pay attention to her, but to commit this heinous act.

“The woman was shocked to hear what had happened while she was sleeping.

“We will stop at nothing to deter, pursue, arrest and bring to justice sex offenders on the rail network.

“Every report is important. If you see it or experience it, you can report anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.

“We urge everyone to save 61016 on their phone and download the Railway Guardian app before you travel so you can contact us discreetly if you need us.”

Jean Cockerill, People Director of Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “We were shocked and appalled to hear about this incident. Once we became aware of this, we followed our internal procedures, including suspending the individual as soon as he was identified.

“We hold our colleagues to the highest standards of conduct and this type of behavior will never be tolerated.

“We thank the individual for their courage in coming forward and reporting this crime, and we encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses this type of behavior on the railways to report it to British Transport Police.”