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Butt Grabbers Abound in Florida

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By Christopher Coble, Esq. on June 23, 2015 1:57 PM

Be careful ladies. There's a serial butt grabber out there.

The Florida International University (FIU) Police Department are on the hunt for a butt grabber who has attacked multiple women since June of last year.

Police are unsure if this is the work of one man or several men.

Ouch!

While the attacks have been going on since last year, police are investigating a new report. A female student reported that a man riding on a bicycle on FIU's Modesto A. Maidique Campus grabbed her buttock as he was going by. The incident occurred at night at about 9:30 p.m.

Since June, 2014, at least five other similar incidents were reported. Another victim told NBC Miami that the man who attacked her was on rollerblades instead of a bicycle. This victim was hit so hard that she got a bruise.

FIU Police are asking members of the university and public for help identifying the suspect.

Maybe It's a Florida Thing

Earlier this year, another man was also arrested in Florida for touching women's buttocks over a four month period.

Kenneth Anthony Lopez was charged with five counts of battery for slapping five women on the behind. Victims reported that the attacks occurred from December of last year to March this year. 

Broward Sheriff's Office actually tried to set up a sting operation to catch Lopez. Officers used a decoy to entice Lopez to attack again. While the sting was unsuccessful, police were able to catch Lopez when another attack was reported only 45 minutes after the operation ended.

Only Battery?

In Florida, battery is the offense of "actually and intentionally touch[ing] or strik[ing] another person against the will of the other." While an attack was aimed at women's butts may be sexual in nature, Lopez was not charged with sexual battery because the attacks did not fit the definition of sexual battery. Florida law defines sexual battery as "oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organs of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object."

Since he was only charged with battery instead of sexual battery, Lopez faces up to one year instead of up to 30 years in prison for each count of battery.

Reports do not indicate that Lopez was also involved in the FIU butt grabs.

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