VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach Police are investigating a possible serial groper on the Tidewater Community College campus.
Records state a security guard told police the school received several complaints about a male student groping females on campus.
TCC spokeswoman Marian Anderfuren said there were four women in total who reported being fondled by the same male student. She said the reports were taken at the end of April and the beginning of May.
Virginia Beach Police said there are two outstanding warrants for simple assault for Tyson Washington.
According to court records, a female student told authorities that a male student struck up a conversation with her in the hallway and wanted a hug, but then allegedly cupped and caressed her breast.
The school says three other women reported a similar situation.
The victim in the initial report in March did not get a good enough description of the suspect, but spotted him again a month later and notified campus security.
The suspect’s license plate was taken down.
Student Madison Cozord said, “I think that's disgusting and scary.”
Student Jennifer Bristow said, “I wouldn't expect something like that on campus. I would like to feel comfortable and not feel like someone is going to invade my privacy.”
“Everyone should have respect for themselves and it's unfortunate that some people overstep their boundaries with women,” said student Josh Lewis.
The school says they legally can’t discuss the punishment the male student received, however they did confirm he is no longer attending TCC.
“We have a student code of conduct and we expect our students to behave in a mature and responsible manner. We make that behavior clear during orientation,” said Anderfuren.
School officials said they take these complaints very seriously and they encourage any other victims to come forward.