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Arraignment set in bus sex assault case

ARRAIGNMENT is set for Friday in the case of a Garden Grove man accused of sexually assaulting three women on the bus of which he was the driver.

An arraignment is scheduled for Friday (today) of a 56-year-old Garden Grove man accused of sexually assaulting three special needs women. It will take place at 10 a.m. at the Central Jail in Santa Ana.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Jon Francis Farris is being charges with multiple counts of sexual assault. He faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in state prison, if convicted. Bail has been set at $100,000.

Farris was working as a bus driver for Western Transit Systems, assigned to a route serving special needs clients of the Regional Center of Orange County. On March 23, 2017, Farris allegedly dropped off one client and parked the bus in a nearby neighborhood in Tustin for the purposes of sexually assaulting the other female riders.

When the bus remained in the same spot for several minutes, a resident approached the bus and contacted WTS to report what he saw. The bus company then called Tustin police and investigated. They arrested Farris on Wednesday, April 26.

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