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A MAN has been charged with a sex attack on a train which was videoed by an­other pas­sen­ger and put on YouTube… two years AF­TER the al­leged in­ci­dent.

Elisa Lopez was sex­u­ally as­saulted while nap­ping on the com­muter train in Oc­to­ber 2012, and the en­tire in­ci­dent was caught on video and spread on­line.

Late last week Miss Lopez was fi­nally vin­di­cated when po­lice ap­pre­hended her al­leged mo­lester, iden­ti­fied as 43-year-old Car­los Chuva.

He was ar­rested and charged with first-de­gree felony ag­gra­vated sex­ual as­sault.

Miss Lopez, who was at the time a 21-year-old mem­ber of the Air Na­tional Guard, was on her way to meet her boyfriend af­ter at­tend­ing a party when she briefly dozed off on the train, in­stinc­tively clutch­ing her hand­bag.

She woke up mo­ments later to dis­cover a stranger ca­ress­ing her thigh and face and try­ing to kiss her.

Ter­ri­fied, she punched the pervert in the face and fled the sub­way in New York.

She did not re­alise the ex­tent of the sex­ual as­sault she had en­dured un­til a work friend sent her the graphic video, which shot by a fel­low pas­sen­ger.

The grainy mo­bile phone footage recorded by Jasheem Smi­ley de­picts a mid­dle-aged man dressed in a faded denim jacket, a hoodie and jeans shov­ing his hand un­der the sleep­ing woman’s skirt and grop­ing her.

The 18-sec­ond clip of the attack quickly went vi­ral, earn­ing, Smi­ley public cen­sure for cap­tur­ing the as­sault on his iPhone in­stead of try­ing to stop it.

Smi­ley re­leased an­other video on his YouTube chan­nel just days later de­fend­ing his ac­tions that night.

“There were 10 other peo­ple on the train that didn’t do any­thing,” he ex­plained.

“I was the one that did the most.” TRAPPED ON TRAIN: Pervert gropes sleep­ing woman

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