Update: Alleged groper appears for arraignment

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A snapshot from a BYU campus security camera shows the alleged groper running, seconds prior to an incident that occurred on March 19.
A snapshot from a BYU campus security camera shows the alleged groper running, seconds prior to an incident that occurred on March 19.

Alleged BYU groper Nathan Fletcher appeared in court Thursday morning on arraignment to face two counts of sexual battery. Fletcher pleaded not guilty to both counts.

Fletcher is a former BYU Track and Field member who is accused of groping women in a string of events that occurred on and near BYU campus from January to March this year. The perpetrator would grab girls while running by them on a jog. Although there were 16 reported incidents during those months, there was only enough evidence to charge Fletcher in two of them.

Last month at the pre-trial, former teammates of Fletcher stated that they identified the running “gait,” or style, from the surveillance video of the groper as Fletcher’s. Similar clothing was also noticed. The defense argued that nothing can be determined for certain from the videos in question.

Judge Roger Griffin of the Utah 4th District Court, who has been handling the case, transferred the case to Judge Samuel McVey.

The trial will begin later this month.

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