Arrest Of Man Accused Of 32 Sex Crimes Renews Calls For Subway Ban

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September 21, 2019 - 11:05 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The arrest of a repeat subway sex offender with dozens of arrests for subway sex crimes has reignited calls to ban perpetrators for life.

James Hunt is referred to by authorities as the poster child for transit sex offenders. He’s been arrested at least 78 times, including 32 times for subway sex crimes.

He was nabbed at the Bryant Park-42nd Street subway station on Thursday after allegedly groping a 13-year-old girl as she was trying to buy a MetroCard. 

The teen tried to get away from Hunt, who then grabbed her arm and kissed her, police said, according to the New York Post.

The idea of banning subway sex offenders from the train for life has been floated by politicians and police officials, like Chief Det. Dermot Shea, who tweeted over the summer that the subway is a hunting ground for repeat sex offenders.

Opponents argue that authorities can’t ban someone for a crime they previously committed.