Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

Man Sentenced to Jail, Banned from Subway for Assaulting TTC Employee

A 44-year-old man was sentenced to 45 days in jail and an 18-month ban from riding the subway for sexually assaulting a TTC transit ambassador. 

On Aug. 4 at 3:25 p.m., the accused approached the employee and asked for help. He then slid his hand in the victim's right pocket and groped her buttocks. The ambassador reported the incident and the male fled.

Transit enforcement officers were dispatched to the scene and located the man at Dundas Station. Following an investigation, he was arrested by Toronto Police and charged with sexual assault.

On Aug. 20, Arshad Sajid entered a guilty plea to sexual assault. He was also fined $200, and has been ordered to pay $250 restitution to the victim.

On average, one TTC employee is assaulted every day, ranging from punching, slapping and spitting, to threats of physical harm or death. The TTC's Court Advocates work with Crown Attorneys and the Courts to secure the stiffest penalties possible for those convicted of assault or threats against TTC employees, and continue to seek limits on the use of public transit in Toronto for those convicted of these crimes.

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