COLUMBUS (WCMH)– For the second time, Lonnie Sturdivant, a registered sex offender, was ordered to stay away from the Ohio State University and was given a bond of more than $60,000.
Sturdivant, 59, was arrested Wednesday, after two incidents on Ohio State’s campus.
An Ohio State public safety notice was sent by OSU Police late Tuesday following a report that a female student was sexually assaulted on campus.
The student told police that she was fondled by an unknown male.
She was sitting on a bench outside of Knowlton Hall, on Woodruff Avenue around 2:47pm Tuesday, when the man asked to sit beside her. Shortly after, he “fondled her lower body” and then fled east in the direction of Hitchcock Hall.
Around 8:15pm Tuesday, a woman working on her computer on the second floor of the Ohio Union said she was approached by an unknown male who sat behind her and asked if he could charge his phone. Moments later, police said the suspect fondled her lower body.
Sturdivant has a history of fondling-related arrests, including two in 2015 for incidents at the Columbus State Community College library and an OSU area Panera Bread. He is a registered sex offender.
Security video places Sturdivant in the OSU’s Thompson library a short time after the Knowlton Hall incident. According to court documents, Sturdivant was banned from campus in May of 2015.