Serial groper in custody after Ohio State fondling incidents


Ohio State University Police confirm 59-year-old Lonnie Sturdivant has been arrested for criminal trespass, sexual imposition and burglary.

He was wanted for questioning in relation to a fondling incident that occurred Tuesday on Ohio State’s campus.

The student said she was sitting on a bench outside of Knowlton Hall just before 3 p.m. along W. Woodruff Avenue when an unknown male approached and asked if he could sit down beside her.

Moments later, the woman says the suspect fondled her lower body before fleeing east toward Hitchcock Hall.

Ohio State University Police said a second student reported a similar incident Wednesday.

The female student was working on her computer on the second floor of the Ohio Union when she was approached by an unknown male who sat behind her and asked if he could charge his phone Tuesday morning.

Moments later, the suspect fondled her lower body. The student confronted the suspect and immediately left the area.

10TV has reported on Sturdivant and his crimes several times in recent years.

Security cameras caught him in the act at a Panera near OSU in 2013, and a library at Columbus State in 2015.

He was banned from riding COTA buses for doing the same thing: sitting next to a woman he doesn't know, and then sliding his hand between her backside and her seat.

In March, Lonnie Sturdivant was arrested for a 10th time on charges of groping women in public.

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