Man held for allegedly touching women in local businesses

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 7:04pm

A man accused of touching women on several occasions while in coffee shops and restaurants now faces an indictment from a Davidson County grand jury.

Awny Basta, 43, was indicted last week on three counts of sexual battery resulting from incidents in December and January.

Basta was arrested Jan. 13 and remains in jail on charges of sexual battery without consent. He is currently serving a one-year jail sentence for felony probation violation.

Basta was arrested last year on charges stemming from similar incidents, at least one dating back to 2006.

According to affidavits, Basta sat directly behind the women at various coffee shops, including two 21st Avenue Starbucks and Panera Bread on West End Avenue.

Basta would lightly touch the women, who often didn’t notice at first, through the openings in the backs of their chairs. In nearly every case, the victim confronted Basta, who would then apologize and leave the store.

In several cases, the victims followed Basta out of the restaurant and were able to provide police with a description of him, a description of his car and his license plate number. 

In an affidavit, police said, Basta admitted to “frequenting places in West End Avenue area of Nashville for years and had engaged in touching women on their rear numerous times.”

Basta has previously charges of driving on a suspended license and DUI. 

9 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 4/21/10 at 7:17

Is this guy a moron, or what? Just like the guy who "grabbed women's buttocks" while jogging around the Belmont area. Go to "Pure Platinum" or "Cheetah's" for God's sake. There you can get the whole thing for $20.

By: NewYorker1 on 4/21/10 at 7:52

I wish all guys would turn gay and leave these women alone. Women don't want to be bothered by men anymore. They don't need men, so leave them alone.

By: localboy on 4/21/10 at 7:54

it's cheaper, too...

By: stlgtr55@yahoo.com on 4/21/10 at 8:17

Does anybody know whatever became of the "Foot-Stomper?"

By: may not on 4/21/10 at 8:51

Responding to NewYorker1

I wish all guys would turn gay and leave these women alone. Women don't want to be bothered by men anymore. They don't need men, so leave them alone.

New Yorker, I often enjoy your posts, but your logic has a fatal error in this case.

Eventually procreation would likely be a problem if men "leave these women alone."

The perp here obviously has criminal and emotional problems, to say the least. That needs to be addressed by the courts and health care providers.

BTW, I suspect GLBTQ's don't choose their lifestyles based on misogyny or androgyny.

By: EquinsuOcha on 4/21/10 at 9:30

Quote by NewYorker1 "I wish all guys would turn gay and leave these women alone. Women don't want to be bothered by men anymore. They don't need men, so leave them alone"

...........I thought it was not a choice but that gays were born that way?

By: KelliePicklerFan on 4/21/10 at 4:23

NewYorker1, sounds like you are just full of hot air!
If all women followed your prudish ways we would go the way of the Muslim women and never associate with or love one another. What a boring world it would be!
You also said to 'whup your kid with an ironing cord' if they get out of hand in another blog.
So none of the women want or need guys! Hmmmm!!!!!
Get real Bozo!

May God Bless!

Keith Santo
Monroe, Washington

With God in your life put a Holiday in your Heart! (LeAnn Rimes)

By: WickedTribe on 4/21/10 at 7:23

Agreein with NewYorkin1. Gay men love this kind of attention, unlike ungrateful women.

By: gigibagoly@yahoo.com on 4/22/10 at 12:37

I dont think gay has to read all this stimulating proposition, like the guy who touch the woman, he is a sick pervert, you asking for a sicker slide, the strait dont have the rite to squeal, what will be next