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San Jose State student arrested in dorm gropings

A man is in custody Saturday morning, accused of groping four women as they slept in a dorm at San Jose State University.

January 28, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A man is in custody Saturday morning, accused of groping four women as they slept in a dorm at San Jose State University.

The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Michael Escobar, a junior sociology major at the university. He's not a resident at the dorm.

A university spokesperson said at least four women reported that a man walked into their unlocked rooms in the Joe West dorm and touched them. The first report came in around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Escobar was identified with the help of surveillance videos. He was arrested at an off-campus location for an unrelated case.

Authorities say none of the victims was injured or raped.

The incidents had prompted early-morning campus alerts. They came after two reports of gropings on or near campus in September. No one was arrested in those cases.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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