Serial groper sentenced for failure to register as a sex offender

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus serial groper will spend a year in prison for failure to register as a sex offender.

Lonnie Sturdivant, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to one year in prison Monday.

Sturdivant was arrested in September, 2017 after being accused of grabbing the backsides of women at Capital University and Ohio State University.

According to reports, when Sturdivant was released from prison on September 19th, 2017, he failed to report to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to register his address.

In 2016, Sturdivant was arrested after touching a female student at the Ohio Union on OSU’s campus. In 2015, he was arrested for two more fondling-related incidents at Columbus State Community College and at a Panera Bread near OSU.

Many of Sturdivant’s crimes happened just weeks and even days apart. Between January 2013 and March 2017, he was sentenced to jail for sexual imposition more than 10 times.

Sturdivant is still awaiting trial on the two most recent sexual imposition charges. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 18. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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