LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has secured a jail sentence, a ban from all metro stations and mandatory sex offender registration for an L.A. man charged with groping four women, including a minor, on the Metro Red Line.
"People should be able to use our transit systems without troubling and frightening harassment, abuse or worse," said Feuer. "Public transit is essential to the future of our city, and we must do all we can to ensure our moms, kids—everyone— can ride without fear."
"The conviction of Mr. Linder is an important step forward in the fight against sexual harassment and assault on public transit," said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez. "Every day, women from across Los Angeles rely on the city's transit system to commute to work and back home. It is important that Metro and law enforcement continue to work together to put a stop to crimes against women on public transportation."
Ager Linder, 26, entered a plea of no contest to two counts of sexual battery and two counts of battery against a transit passenger. He was sentenced to 36 months of probation, mandatory lifetime sex offender registration and ordered to serve 450 days in County jail. Linder was also ordered to complete one year of a sex offender treatment program and stay 100 yards away from all Metro trains and stations.
Between July and December 2017, Linder was charged with victimizing at least four women, including a minor, on three separate occasions while riding the Metro Red Line. In each instance, he allegedly would approach the victims and grab their breasts, buttocks or other body parts. Most recently in December 2017, he allegedly pinned a victim against the wall of the train and grabbed her buttocks before she was able to escape and alert authorities.
Linder also has five prior convictions for such conduct on public transportation including: grabbing a woman’s buttocks on a bus in Culver City; groping two women on a bus in Norwalk; grabbing a woman’s buttocks and vagina on a bus in West L.A; and groping a woman’s thigh on a Metro Blue Line in Long Beach.
Deputy City Attorney Brad Rothenberg of Feuer’s Family Violence division successfully prosecuted the case.