Sex offender arrested again after alleged groping on college campuses

Lonnie Sturdivant has a history of arrests in groping cases. (WSYX/WTTE)

A convicted serial groper, wanted for targeting woman after being released from jail this week, is back behind bars.

Columbus Police say Lonnie Sturdivant, 60, was arrested late Friday afternoon in connection with a sexual assault at Capital University.

Three Central Ohio universities issued safety alerts about the convicted serial groper, who's been charged with improperly touching women, after his release Tuesday from The Franklin County Jail.

The Ohio State University issued a neighborhood safety alert, hours after Sturdivant was cited by police for touching the bottoms of two women inside the Out-R-Inn bar on Frambes Avenue.

"At least they are doing something about it," said OSU student Amanda Howell, "we live in the street, we go to that bar."

Sturdivant was released from Jail on Tuesday after serving nearly a year for similar sex crimes on Ohio State's campus last year.

Within 48 hours, the registered sex offender was back on police radar.

Thursday, Sturdivant was charged with trespassing in Otterbein University's library, after being banned from the Westerville campus.

Hours later Sturdivant was accused of sexual assault after Bexley Police say he touched a woman's bottom two times Thursday night while she was in the library of Capital University.

Both schools have also sent out safety notices to students and faculty

"It's dangerous people should be aware, and get the picture out there," said Otterbein student Kiana Hernon.

Columbus Police say because Sturdivant was charged with a misdemeanor, under the law they can only issue him a summons to appear in court at a later date. Had officers witnessed the alleged crime, state law allows police to take the suspect into custody.

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