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Alleged butt grabber grabbed on bus at Dudley station

Morales MBTA Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man for indecent assault and battery on a 28 bus Saturday afternoon - thanks in part to the bus driver, who refused to open the doors for him as she pulled into Dudley station.

According to a police report, Jose Morales, 28, was sitting near the front of the bus around 2:20 p.m., Saturday, when the bus stopped at Warren and Circuit streets, and he stood up and grabbed the left butt cheek of a woman sitting in front of him. She screamed she'd just been grabbed and stood up - at which point Morales grabbed her again, police say.

The bus driver told police Morales tried to get off the bus, but she instead kept the doors closed until she got to Dudley station, where police were waiting.

The T reports Morales is the 14th person arrested for indecent assault and battery on its system this year.

This past December on the 28:
The bus wasn't the only thing that was jerking between Dudley and Ruggles Friday afternoon

Innocent, etc.

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Nice job T Police 14 down about a thousand to go. Public Transport is the last refuge for registered sex offenders who should be branded with the Scarlet Letter

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It's good they caught the guy. But do bus drivers have the legal authority to hold someone on the bus by refusing to open the door at the next stop?

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When is the legally correct time to open a bus door? The driver is given the responsibility to control the vehicle, including the doors. There is no constitutional right to get off a bus within ten seconds of arriving at a station.

How about this? It's good they caught the guy. Thank you, bus driver.

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I think they'd have to claim that they feared imminent harm to others, or that it was a citizen's arrest, and that still might not work, legally.

Practically, I can't see them getting in trouble for this.

The accused's lawyer will certainly look at it, and try to get some advantage from it.

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His defense in court will be he was practicing to be a TSA screener

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