Man arrested for 'inappropriate touching' on MAX train
A man convicted of numerous crimes involving public transit has been arrested — again — for alleged crimes on public transit.
Jared Weston Walter, 32, was arrested on Tuesday, March 26 after transit police learned of an incident involving "inappropriate touching of a woman" riding the MAX train on March 25.
Walter has been charged with third-degree sexual abuse, two counts of harassment and interfering with public transportation. He remains behind bars at the downtown jail at this time.
Walter is a registered sex offender and has 17 misdemeanor convictions and 10 felony convictions on his record, according to court docs.
TriMet has banned Walter from riding public transit for the next 90 days — though the public agency could ban him for life.
In fact, a spokeswoman says TriMet's ability to issue longer exclusion orders was specifically created after Walter's previous convictions, which caused some media outlets to nickname him the "TriMet Barber."
TriMet has never issued a ban longer than 90 days, and its transit code says longer bans should only be issued when a person commits a "serious physical offense" or poses a serious immediate threat to riders and transit workers. TriMet's general manger would have to sign off on a longer exclusion order.
"We will take the time to investigate and to be deliberate as we determine next steps," said TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt. "Once we have additional information, we will evaluate whether the alleged conduct may qualify for a longer exclusion."
She continued: "We do not take the issuance of a long-term ban of using public transit lightly."
Court records indicate Walter has been living in a homeless shelter for the past six months. He was recently fired from a job at a salad packing warehouse, records report.
Police believe there could be additional victims they have not yet identified. Anyone with information is asked to call 503-962-7566
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