Man who groped woman on Tube turned out to be millionaire paedophile

A wealthy businessman was caught with hundreds of indecent photographs of children months before he groped a woman on the Tube, a court heard.

Last year, James Froomberg, 63, was convicted for pressing up against the female passenger on the Central Line after she got on at Holborn station on May 1.

He now faces jail after admitting three charges of making indecent photographs of a child. One charge relates to the highest category of severity, category A.

Willesden Crown Court heard that Froomberg was found in possession of 106 category A images, 111 category B images, and 387 in category C on 18 December, 2017.

His computer and its contents were later destroyed by police.

Last September, Froomberg was convicted of sex assault by a jury at Blackfriars Crown Court.

The former director of performance and innovation for City of London police was told by a passenger at the time: ‘I have seen what you’re doing and it’s disgusting’.

He left the train at Mile End but the woman’s boyfriend went after him and held him until police arrived.

Froomberg admitted he had attended a boozy business meeting, lasting some five hours, at the Hamilton Hall pub at Liverpool Street station in the City before the incident.

He told the court he had washed down his steak and chips lunch with up to two bottles of white wine

However, Froomberg denied groping the woman and claimed he was asleep while standing up on the train.

He said he ‘could not remember anything’ after leaving the pub.

He was found guilty and given a community order of 12 months, ordered to pay £4,000 compensation to the victim, as well as completing 250 hours unpaid work and a three-month curfew of 8pm to 7am.

Froomberg, who received a police caution for soliciting prostitution in 2005, was appointed as a National Lottery Commissioner in January 2008 and spent five years sitting on the Commission’s Audit and Remuneration committees.

He was also a trustee of the Young Enterprise – a financial education charity which helps young people into business.

The Cambridge graduate’s CV includes membership of the government’s Casino Advisory Panel, the Commercial Director of British Waterways, the Director of Corporate Development at Wembley plc and a KPMG Partner, leading its UK leisure, tourism, property and PFI consultancy business.

Froomberg admitted three counts of making indecent photographs of a child on Friday.

District Judge Jennifer Edwards committed Froomberg for sentence at Harrow Crown Court, on a date to be fixed.

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