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Man Charged With Recent Groping Of Female On Loyola Campus

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22-year-old Soroush Aflaki

A man has been officially charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery in a public place after groping a female Loyola student on the Loyola campus.

According to police, 22-year-old Soroush Aflaki of the 6900-block of North Greenview “inappropriately touched” the woman as she walked home on the 6300 block of Winthrop Ave. Monday Sept. 19.

Aflaki is scheduled to appear in bond court Friday.

Other instances of gropings have been reported on campus in the past few weeks.

In the first two incidents the suspect grabbed the woman’s buttocks from behind and quickly fled the scene. The first attack happened around 10 p.m. on Sept, 6 on the 6500 block of N. Kenmore. The second attack happened on Sept. 7 at 9:05 a.m. on the 1600 block of W. Greenleaf.

The third incident happened on Sept. 8 around 12:30 a.m. at 6333 N. Winthrop. The man described as being in his 20s, 160 pounds, 5.7″ tall, medium-length black hair and a black beard fondled the woman from behind. He circled around on his light gray mountain bike and grabbed the woman again, this time on her breasts. The woman broke free and quickly called campus security.

The fourth incident happened on Sept. 18 around 10:35 p.m. at 6313 N. Winthrop, by Seattle Hall. As a female student passed two males leaning on a fence, one of the men began to grope her. The student continued to walk south until she reached home where she contacted campus security.

The University plans to address these and other campus safety concerns from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Damen Student Center. According to the University, “The event offers an opportunity for students to talk with Campus Safety about crime prevention tips as well as current crime trends. SGLC will facilitate the conversation and offer issues and concerns they have collected from the student body. This event will be the first of many designed to address safety, as it is of the utmost importance to the Loyola community.”


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