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UPDATE: Man who groped student banned from campus, police say

UPDATE — 11/14/16 @ 5:16 p.m.


UNFPD located and identified the suspect accused of groping a residential student who responded to a Craigslist ad asking for a babysitter.

An update to the original warning said the suspect has been banned from campus, and criminal charges are currently pending.

The student was battered but was fortunately not physically harmed, the update stated.

UNFPD would not release the man’s name, or the police report associated with the incident. Spinnaker will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

The incident occurred in the Thomas G. Carpenter parking lot. Photo by Keri Weiland
The incident occurred in the Thomas G. Carpenter parking lot. Photo by Keri Weiland

A UNF student was touched inappropriately when she met with the man who posted the an ad online seeking a babysitter, according to an Osprey Update sent around midnight Nov. 9.

The student responded to a post on Craigslist at around 7 p.m. that asked for a babysitter for a single dad Nov. 9, the update stated. The student met the suspect in the parking lot in front of the Carpenter Library around 9:50 p.m., where she got in his car so they could talk privately.

The student asked about pay, and the suspect answered it would be $1,700 a week, but as the conversation continued he told her he also needed a “friend,” according to the update.

When the student replied that she wasn’t comfortable with that, the suspect touched the victim in the crotch area, the update stated, and later he touched her breast over her clothing.

At that point, the student left the vehicle and called the UNF Police Department.

The suspect is a white, 45-year-old bald male, approximately 6 feet tall “with a fat stomach,” the update stated. He was driving a four-door gold Honda with “IUW” in the tag number.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact UNFPD at (904) 620-2800.

The update also encouraged the campus community to use caution when responding to online advertisements or when getting into vehicles with strangers.

For more information or news tips, or if you see an error in this story or have any compliments or concerns, contact [email protected].

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