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Preliminary hearing set for man accused of gropings at BYU

Published: Thursday, July 17 2014 11:42 a.m. MDT

Nathan Fletcher, right, stands with his attorney John Allan as he appears in a Provo courtroom on June 5, 2014. Fletcher is accused of groping women on or near the BYU campus. On Thursday, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 28.

Jeremy Harmon

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PROVO — A preliminary hearing was scheduled Thursday for a man charged in connection with a series of gropings around the BYU campus.

Nathan Eric Fletcher, 23, is charged in 4th District Court with two counts of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor. But police believe he committed all 16 groping incidents reported on and around campus since January.

During a brief hearing in court on Thursday, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 28.

Fletcher was kicked out of BYU and banned from the campus after his arrest. His attorney, however, says police arrested the wrong man.

Prosecutors allege that Fletcher swatted the breasts and buttocks of several women who were out walking or jogging around campus, in most cases when Fletcher — a former member of the BYU and Timpview High School track teams — was either jogging or posing as a jogger himself.

— Pat Reavy

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