Man Accused of Groping Women Near OSU Campus Arrested


UPDATED: Tuesday January 14, 2014 8:42 AM

The Ohio State University Police arrested a man accused of groping two people inside the university's main library over the weekend.

Columbus Police said he is the same suspect in three similar incidents at the Panera in the 1600 block of North High Street near campus.

Police said 56-year-old Lonnie Sturdivant groped a woman inside OSU's Thompson Library on Saturday. Police were called. Police said they caught Sturdivant groping a second woman and he was arrested.

At the end of December, Sturdivant was banned from COTA buses, but was caught riding one and was arrested. Police showed his mug shot to the victims from the Panera incidents. They identified him as the person who'd groped them.

OSU Police filed charges against Sturdivant for sexual imposition, drug abuse and drug paraphernalia related to Saturday's incident.

Columbus Police say more charges are likely coming in the Panera incidents.

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