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TriMet considering lengthier public transportation ban for offenders

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

TriMet is considering extending its public transportation ban for offenders who violate TriMet code or state law.

Currently, TriMet has a six-month maximum exclusion for offenders. A proposed ordinance would allow for longer bans, including permanent exclusions for “rare violent offenses” that occur on the TriMet system.

A first violent offense would lead to an exclusion of more than six months and up to a year, with a second offense carrying an exclusion of more than a year and up to a permanent ban based on the circumstances of the incidents.

The ordinance would give TriMet’s general manager the authority to issue a permanent exclusion after a single offense if “the individual poses a serious threat to TriMet employees and passengers.”

That would include sexual assault, assault with serious injury or the use of a weapon while on buses or MAX trains.

The ordinance is being proposed the same month that Jared Weston Walter, a sex offender with a history of indecent acts on public transportation, was sentenced to two years in jail for cutting a woman’s hair on a bus.

Anyone banned by TriMet for more than a year would have the right to a periodic review every 12 months.

The proposed ordinance will have its first reading at TriMet’s board meeting Wednesday.

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