Felon accused of manhandling women during Menifee bus ride

BANNING – A parolee accused of groping several women aboard a city bus in Menifee is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today in Banning.

Michael Douglas Avery, 46, of Riverside was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexual battery, possession of methamphetamine and parole violations and is being held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

Riverside County prosecutors filed a petition Wednesday to have Avery’s parole revoked based on the allegations. The defendant is scheduled to appear before Superior Court Judge Judith Fouladi to answer the complaint.

If Avery contests the allegations, a revocation hearing will be held in December to determine whether he violated the terms of his parole and should be incarcerated.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Sam Morovich, the convicted felon was traveling aboard a Riverside Transit Authority bus when he sidled next to two women riders, allegedly fondling them, between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. last Friday.

The women complained to the bus driver, who pulled over at the intersection of McCall and Sun City boulevards and summoned deputies, Morovich said.

He said the women and Avery were interviewed, and the defendant was arrested without incident at the location.

According to court records, the defendant has prior convictions for sexual battery, robbery and assault with the intent to commit rape.

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