Transient Man Arrested for Fondling Sleeping Passenger on the Light Rail; the Passenger Was Another Dude

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Theo Rogers
Any story about someone fondling a sleeping passenger on public transportation is amusing. When it turns out to be a dude-on-dude sexual assault it's even better. When one of the dudes happens to be a transient train rider, it's just the icing on the cake.

Under said criteria, it appears we've hit the trifecta today.

According to the Mesa Police Department, officers were called to the Sycamore Station of the Valley Metro Light Rail last night where rail employees had detained 40-year-old Theo Rogers, of transient-land.


Rogers, cops say, got a little grabby with one of his fellow straphangers.

When Rogers arrived at the Sycamore Station, other riders watched him exit the train and then get right back on.

After passengers exited the train, Rogers sat down in front of a man who had fallen asleep. That's when witnesses say Rogers started "acting odd."

Valley Metro employees thought Rogers might be trying to steal something from the sleeping passenger so they kept their eye on him prior to the train leaving the station.

It's a good thing they did because when Rogers seemed to think nobody was looking he reached over the seat and started groping the sleeping man's junk. In cop-speak, Rogers was "fondling the groin of the victim."

Witnesses say Rogers would repeatedly look around to see if anyone was watching but apparently didn't look hard enough because people were watching. At one point an employee even banged on the glass to try and get Rogers' attention but he didn't seem to notice and continued to grope the victim.

Employees contacted rail security and Rogers was detained until police arrived.

He's been charged with one felony count of sexual abuse.
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aln
aln

"Any story about someone fondling a sleeping passenger on public transportation is amusing." Really dude? Would it be funny if it was your mother? How about your daughter, or son? Any pseudo-journalist that finds sexually violating someone "amusing" is offensive and gross, but it really takes it a step further when the said asshole manages to also enforce the double-standard that sexual harassment somehow only affects women. Maybe next time consider thinking before speaking.

Horney hobo
Horney hobo

OK, even hobo homos need to get their freak on once in awhile. Show some compassion,, for God's sake. And you can't be sure that sleepy time dude wasn't half conscience and enjoying the attention. We're talking Phoenix, here, ya know, the only city I know of that has it's own "homo cab co.". I know a gay dude named Robert, who smokes the "G" stuff and gets so whacked out that he WOULD like that kinda shit. So Robert if you're reading this (no doubt foundling himself as he does) here is YOUR ticket to ride. Take the commuter train, see the sights, and get your stuff polished... all for only $1.75. How are ya going to beat that. Thanks ValleyMetro...

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