ROGERS PARK — A Loyola University student was sexually harassed by a group of five boys and groped by one of them near the school Thursday night, according to police at the school.
Around 8 p.m. Nov. 3, the woman was walking in the 6700 block of North Sheridan Road when she was approached by a group of juveniles.
The boys harassed her before one of them groped her, according to police. The incident is categorized as criminal sexual abuse.
The group then fled, but were found and detained by police nearby.
The incident was the second in a week involving a Loyola student being groped near the school.
On Tuesday, a student was assaulted by a man on a bicycle who rode up behind her as she jogged near the lake and "inappropriately touched" her, according to the school's Campus Safety department.
Since September, police have reported multiple incidents of a man, or men, on bikes groping and grabbing women from behind. Records show there have also been reports of sexual assault off-campus involving university students.
Between Sept. 6-19, at least five instances of men grabbing women from behind were reported to Campus Safety and the Chicago Police Department, as well as two off-campus rapes on Sept. 16 and 24.
Cook County prosecutors said one of the groping incidents was committed by Soroush Aflaki, who was charged with the crime along with a similar incident in West Ridge in the 6100 block of North Leavitt Street. He admitted to police he was responsible for more gropings, prosecutors said.
In mid-October, police arrested two more men after they approached two 18-year-old students in the 1100 block of West Loyola Avenue and held their wrists, restraining them from leaving.
Anyone with information is asked to call Campus Safety at 773-508-6039.
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