Women who works for Thurrock Council’s Children’s Services avoids jail over sex act on train

A WOMAN who works for Thurrock Council has avoided jail after having a sex act performed on her, in front of young children on a busy London to Pitsea train.

Deborah Tobyn, aged 57 and Raymond Burr, aged 64 were travelling on a c2c train from London towards Basildon on May 19 last year when the pair became involved in ‘lewd behaviour’ in one of the carriages a court heard.

A woman approached the pair and asked them to stop, but they continued. As soon as they left the train at Pitsea, the pair were stopped by a transport officer who asked them to identify themselves. Both pleaded guilty to an act of outraging public decency earlier this year.

Both Burr and Tobyn were sentenced for their crimes at Basildon crown court last Friday, where the judge heard there were children aged from one to six present on the train.

The court heard that Burr and Tobyn, both from Basildon, were drinking at the time of the incident on the train.

Patrick Duffy, prosecuting, told the court: ‘The first witness was with her grandson. There were children in the carriage, confirmed by the second witness who said there were children aged between one and six on the train. It was lewd behaviour.

‘After the incident, the two got off the train at Pitsea and were stopped by a transport officer. Mr Burr gave his name but Ms Tobyn gave her name as Janet Green.

The judge also heard that Ms Tobyn initially pleaded not guilty during her first court appearance in June this year, but changed her plea to guilty at Basildon crown court on August 2.

Tobyn was handed a two-year community order, ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work and was also given a 40-day rehabilitation requirement.

YT understands that Mrs Tobyn works for Thurrock Council’s Children’s Services Department. We submitted a number of questions to Thurrock Council regarding Mrs Tobyn but they informed us that they do not comment on individual employees.

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