You've brought shame on Britain: What judge told multi-millionaire who assaulted female tourist on a train during the Olympics
Stefan Glaenzer was spared jail at Westminster Magistrates Court todayThe former chairman of Last.fm was banned from the UndergroundHe had pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a Central Line train
00:23 GMT, 21 December 2012
A married internet tycoon brought ‘shame’ on this country by thrusting his groin into a female tourist on a train during the Olympics, a court heard.
Stefan Glaenzer, 51, carried out the assault after travelling from station to station on the London Underground to ogle at women from behind.
The German-born multi-millionaire, who is the former chairman of internet streaming website Last.fm, told police he had experienced ‘urges’ to assault a woman since his wife gave birth.
Sentenced: Stefan Glaenzer, left, was pictured arriving at court today with his face covered. He admitted sexually assaulting a tourist on a packed Central Line train and was handed a suspended jail term.
Glaenzer, who has three children, added that he embarked on the spree after smoking cannabis.
District Judge Michael Snow told Glaenzer that his victim, an American in her 20s, felt ‘violated’ by the attack.
She had travelled to London especially to see the Olympics and said she would never return to the city.
Judge Snow said: ‘Her memory of her visit has been tarnished. It is to
this country’s shame that you brought another country’s citizen to that
frame of mind.
‘She’s extremely angry by what happened to her and I’m sure that in
addition, she is disgusted and feels violated. Women on the Underground
are easy prey for men like you.’
Binge: Glaenzer's defence said he had made a 'foolish choice' to smoke such a large amount of cannabis
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard Glaenzer was spotted by police
acting strangely at Oxford Circus Tube station at 5.50pm on August 8.
Prosecutor Jonathan Gold said he ‘seemed to be paying close attention’
to some of the women before boarding a Central line train to Bond
A plainclothes policeman followed him and saw him standing
‘unnecessarily’ close to women on two separate trains, and appeared to
be looking at their backs. On a third train, he stood behind his victim
and thrust his crotch into her backside twice – leading to his instant
Mr Gold added: ‘He admitted what he had done. He said he had had urges
to do that since his wife had given birth a couple of months ago.’
Defending, Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC said her client had led an
‘exemplary life’ and had never been in trouble with the police before.
Founder: Stefan Glaenzer also founded the White Bear Yard – a hub for emerging digital media and technology companies
Stefan Glaenzer was accused of pressing his groin against a woman's behind on an Underground train at Bond Street Station
Internet tycoon: Stefan Glaenzer was chairman of music streaming website Last.fm. He also founded the White Bear Yard technology hub in Clerkenwell, London
She added that he had been forced to confess all to his wife, whom he
lives with in Notting Hill and who has stuck by him during the court
She said: ‘Due to his foolish choice of smoking cannabis he has behaved in a manner which is wholly out of character.
‘He is and was and remains a very happily married family man.’
Judge Snow gave Glaenzer an eight-week sentence suspended for 18 months
and ordered him to pay his victim 1,000 in compensation as well as 85
in court costs.
Glaenzer was also forced to sign the sex offenders’ register for seven
years and take part in a sexual behaviour rehabilitation programme, with
an 18-month ban on using the Tube.
He was previously fined 265 for possessing cannabis.
Glaenzer spent 15 years as a DJ before he co-founded online auction
website Ricardo.de. He became chairman of Last.fm in 2004 and sold his
stake in the website for 22million in 2007. He now sits on the board of
Wahanda.com, a health and beauty website.
In 2010, TechCrunch named him as one of Europe’s top investors.
Suspended sentence: Glaenzer admitted to sexually assaulting a female passenger on the London Underground. As well as a suspended sentence he will be banned from using the Underground