Student Says Convicted Groper Has Struck Again Near The Columbus State Campus


A Columbus man convicted of groping young women near college campuses may be at it again.

Police are looking for 56 year-old Lonnie Sturdivant after a student says he inappropriately touched her last month.

Melissa Bauer says she is scared and traumatized by the whole situation.

Bauer was studying in the Columbus State campus library. She says a man touched her buttocks. 

"He did it numerous times, slightly enough that you wouldn't notice. It was a grab, but it was more of a light touching."

Bauer claims Sturdivant is the man who assaulted her.  She picked him out of a lineup of mugshots and an arrest warrant has been issued.

"When I approached him, I asked him if he had done that.  He immediately stepped up from the situation, started to gather himself and the book he had with him and then he started to walk away - apologizes multiple times,” added Bauer.

Police say Sturdivant has a lengthy criminal history. 10TV first showed you video from inside a Panera Bread near the OSU campus in 2013, where Sturdivant was caught inappropriately touching women. He served a year in jail and was released in December. 

"It took us a couple of days to figure out who he was and was able to identify him as a person who was involved with Melissa and her incident in the library,” said Chief Sean Asbury, Columbus State PD.

"If anybody would look at his prior convictions, you would be able to tell that it has been consistent.  He's not going to stop.  I feel like he needs to be in for the max,” added Bauer.

Police are getting the word out about this assault and urging students to be on guard at all times.

"If there is one thing I can take from this experience is be more aware. There's a lot of purpose behind your instincts.  If you sense something is wrong most of the time there's something wrong,” said Bauer.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Lonnie Studivant, call campus police at 614-287-2525.