Why are there so many perverts on the CTA? Maybe because authorities keep putting them back on the street

Ever wonder why there are so sexual deviants riding CTA trains? It turns out that the answer, in part, may be that Chicago’s criminal justice system keeps returning those men to the streets rather than locking them up or finding treatment options.

Here are just a few of the “revolving door” beneficiaries you may have seen on the train:

• Antwan Toliver, 38, was arrested near the Fullerton Red Line station on Nov. 19th after a 37-year-old woman told police that she caught him masturbating on her buttocks and back while riding the train. At the time of the alleged incident, Toliver was AWOL after skipping bail on a charge that he touched a woman’s buttocks and tried to kiss her at a strip mall in Des Plaines. A grand jury has now returned a true bill that charges Toliver with felony aggravated battery, felony criminal sexual abuse, and two felony counts of repeated public indecency. He’s held on $50,000 bail.

• Demarlin Brewer, 44, is charged with exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl on a Red Line train near the Berwyn stop on Nov. 17. The victim’s father identified Brewer, who was ordered held on $20,000 bail. According to Chicago police records, Brewer had been arrested twice, charged with public indecency twice, and released twice during October alone. Both of the earlier arrests were in Lakeview.

• On Dec. 20th, Marcus Jenkins, 27, was arrested at the Washington Blue Line station and charged with felony public indecency with two or more prior convictions. A 46-year-old woman told police that she saw Jenkins rubbing his genitals on the platform. He then pulled his genitals out, began masturbating, climbed on top of the turnstiles, and asked the woman to come over to him, police said. It was the fourth time Jenkins had been charged with sexual behavior on CTA property since July, according to police records. He is currently held without bail.
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