UCLA graduate student arrested after series of gropings

A doctoral student is charged with sexual battery after grabbing multiple women on campus.

Over the weekend at UCLA, university police arrested a graduate student for sexual battery in connection with a series of gropings reported on campus last week, as well as other incidents earlier in the year.

Arrest made in connection with recent gropings

A 24-year-old doctoral candidate in chemistry and biochemistry was arrested Saturday after someone in his apartment building recognized him from police photos and tipped off authorities. The student, who is from Qinhuangdao, China, was booked on seven counts of battery and one count of sexual battery.

Last week, the suspect allegedly grabbed three different women's upper thighs as they passed him on or near the UCLA campus. Several of the victims reported having prior incidents with the man in the past several weeks, and one woman reported an issue with him in early March.

Police provided an image of the man they were searching for, and described him as being Asian, between 18 and 22 years old, standing about 5 foot 10 inches tall, with a medium build and short, unkempt hair.

He was wearing a white polo shirt with thin horizontal black stripes and dark gray pants, black tennis shoes with white soles, glasses and a backpack in the image, which was taken Thursady near Westwood Boulevard and Le Conte Avenue.

University police believe more victims from other incidents may come forward after the arrest. Anybody with more information about the incidents can call university police at (310) 825-1491.

More here: Man Accused of Sexual Battery After 3 UCLA Students Report Multiple Unwanted Encounters


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