Imperial Wharf Rapist Jailed for Fifteen Years

Cosmin Pascu offered massages to his victims at parties

Hani Solomon had just completed a Prince's Trust course. Picture: Met Police

December 23, 2022

A sexual predator, who lives in Imperial Wharf, has been jailed after he was found guilty of raping one woman and sexually assaulting three others.

43-year-old Cosmin Pascu received a term of imprisonment of 15 years at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday, 21 December. He was previously convicted following trial at the same court on Friday, 21 October.

He preyed on women at parties in the Chelsea area between December 2020 and June 2021, offering them massages before assaulting them.

In one case, the victim, a professional masseuse, attended Pascu’s home after he booked a massage. Soon after she arrived and began the treatment he turned on her and sexually assaulted her.

In each case his victims reported the crime to police and they received support from specialist officers.

Officers were able to link the offences in March 2021 due to a recurring pattern of behaviour and identified Pascu as the suspect after analysis of mobile phone data.

However, he evaded police and officers spent months searching for him until was arrested by the Territorial Support Group who were out searching for him on Kings Road in December 2021. He was charged shortly after.

Detective Sergeant Sophie McLoughlin, said, “Pascu is a predator and a danger to women. I applaud the victims in this case for reporting their ordeals and for their bravery throughout the investigation and court process. It is thanks to them that we have been able to convict this man of his crimes and prevent him from offending further. I cannot imagine what they went through or how difficult this process has been for them.

“Pascu targeted young women at parties and was persuasive and persistent in his efforts to place them in a vulnerable situation before attacking them.

“Male violence against women is deplorable and it is a priority for the Met to target those responsible and stop them offending.

“I ask any person who is a victim of rape or sexual assault, regardless of when it occurred, to report it to police. We will treat your allegations seriously and support you throughout the process.”

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