Judge denies bail increase for TriMet Barber

Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The bail for the man known as the “TriMet Barber” will not be raised to $100,000, which is what prosecutors asked for on Wednesday afternoon.

Registered sex offender Jared Weston Walter was arrested Tuesday on charges of sex abuse, harassment, sexual harassment and interfering with public transportation. He pleaded not guilty. 

Prosecutors asked for a higher than usual bail given his past history. However, Judge Judith Matarazzo denied the state’s request on Thursday morning and said his bond would remain at $9,000 — meaning he has to pay $900 to get out of jail.

The trial is expected to start April 19.

While Walter could post bail, TriMet has put a 90-day ban on him, so he won’t be allowed to ride the transit system. TriMet is still investigating the matter to determine if they’re legally able to extend his exclusion or even make it permanent.

Portland police said the charges stem from a Monday incident when Walter inappropriately touched a woman riding the MAX — which authorities determined was similar to previous criminal acts committed by the suspect.

The alleged incident happened Monday, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said. 

A woman told officers a man — later identified as Walter — touched her upper thigh with his hand in her pocket. Surveillance video showed Walter using his hand and body in ways similar to what the woman described, the DA said. 

The video also shows the woman jumping out of her seat and hitting the emergency call button, documents said.

Police added that they believe there may be more victims. Anyone who believes they may have witnessed a similar incident or has been a victim should call the Transit Police Division at 503.962.7566.

Over the last decade, Walter has been arrested multiple times due to crimes that happened on the transit system. 

In July 2017, the registered sex offender was found guilty of cutting a woman’s hair on a TriMet bus. A year later, he was arrested again after violating his parole — for riding TriMet.

In June 2010, January 2011, June 2013 and March 2015, Walter committed similar crimes — spending time behind bars for each offense. In the 2013 case, he masturbated and ejaculated on women passengers sitting in front of him.

Due to his crimes, Walter wasn’t allowed to use TriMet for years. However, that ban was lifted in December 2018.

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