An Everett man was banned from MBTA property after he was arraigned Wednesday on charges he groped a woman on the Orange Line, authorities said.

Jose Velasquez, 67, was charged with indecent assault and battery.

“We will continue to seek high bails and strong punishments for these offenses until everyone gets the message,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. “This behavior is not acceptable and it will not be tolerated. It’s sexual violence and we will treat it as such.”

According to Conley’s office, members of the MBTA Transit Police responded to Forest Hills Station shortly after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday for a report that a woman had been assaulted. On arrival, they met with the victim, a 51-year-old Mattapan woman, who was speaking to an MBTA inspector. She told Transit Police that Velasquez approached her after Green Street Station and touched the right side of her body. The woman told him to stop, but he allegedly groped her from behind as she stood and moved away from him.

Velasquez was captured later at Stony Brook station.

Velasquez will be back in court March 30.

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