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.