The man accused of brushing an 11-year-old girl's breast on a public bus pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon in a Burbank courtroom.
Manuel Retana, 35, was arrested Tuesday morning by Burbank police on suspicion of committing a lewd act with a minor. He had been held in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail, but on Thursday, he was released on his own recognizance.
The girl, who rides the bus from North Hollywood Way and West Victory Boulevard, told officers she had seen Retana in past weeks waiting for the bus on an older blue bicycle. Retana had allegedly tried to begin conversations with the girl, but she repeatedly ignored him.
During the afternoon Aug. 31, police said Retana entered the bus and sat two rows behind the girl. When she rose to pull the stop cord, he stood and allegedly brushed her breast area, police said.
The girl reported the incident the following day to her school's student resource officer.