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Willamette University warns students about groping incidents

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Female students at Willamette University are being warned about a man who police said sneaks up behind his victims, touches them and then runs away.

The incidents have been going on since October. Because of that, Willamette University has warned female students to have their guard up.

"The emails are a little scary to get, like woah, didn't see that coming," sophomore student Erick Spresser said.

Those emails say, someone is targeting Salem women, by grabbing them.

Police say three of the eight victims are students.

After those reports, the school has upped security and issued a warning asking students to be careful.

Freshman Salina Judd is taking that advice.

"Personally, I walk off campus practically every day and people are really nervous about that, telling me to be careful, walk with a buddy and always have my guard up," Judd said.

She said she doesn't worry about being alone on campus. Even so, she's not taking any chances.

Judd has a friend meet her half way when she leaves school every night.

"Honestly, I feel safe, which is weird, but on this campus everyone's very friendly and everyone will watch out for everyone else," Judd said.

Spresser is one of those people.

He said when he walks around, he's not just keeping an eye out for himself. He's on the watch for other students too.

"It's kind of sketchy, but I'm on the look out tonight," Spresser said.

He said he knows it's only a matter of time until someone catches up to the groper.

"Now that all the security is out, I think it's fine," he said.

Until the groper is arrested, campus security said they'll escort students around campus or give them free rides to make sure no one is alone at night.

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