Caltrain conductor arrested for alleged misconduct with female passengers


By Bay City News Service

A Caltrain conductor has been arrested for two incidents of alleged misconduct with female train passengers, authorities said today.

South San Francisco resident Ricardo Cano, 60, an Amtrak employee contracted to work for Caltrain, has been charged with two felony counts of false imprisonment and one misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child under age 18, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Steve Fein said.

He is also charged with one felony count of contact with a minor with intent to commit a crime and one misdemeanor count of soliciting to engage in lewd conduct.

Fein said the incidents occurred on southbound trains about a month apart and that the victims were a woman and an underage girl.

He said Cano used his position of authority to take the victims to secluded parts of the train where the alleged inappropriate behavior occurred.

Part of Cano's job is checking passengers' tickets, and it was in this capacity that he contacted the alleged victims, Fein said.

There are no allegations that any force was used, he said.

Cano has been barred from Caltrain property.

"The type of behavior alleged in the complaint will not be tolerated," Caltrain Chief of Protective Services Dave Triolo said in a statement today.

Amtrak has been contracted by Caltrain to operate its commuter rail service since 2002, spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

Cano's arrest was the result of an investigation by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Transit Police Bureau.

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