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Man suspected in BYU groping incidents appears in court

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Jun 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-05 14:16:02-04

PROVO, Utah -- The man accused of groping several students on Brigham Young University's campus appeared in court for the first time Thursday.

Nathan Fletcher walked into the courtroom with his wife by his side. The 23-year-old faced a district judge for the first time since being accused of sexually assaulting 16 women on the BYU campus between January and March of 2014.

Fletcher's attorney, John Allan, said prosecutors are basing their case on weak evidence and that they have the wrong guy. Allan said they plan to fight the charges.

"One of the charges against my client that is being brought describes the individual as bring six-foot-two to six-foot-four, which is tall, wearing lime green or neon green shorts and a white tank top and then they have a picture of what looks like my client 10 minutes later at the Smith Fieldhouse, wearing blue shorts and a gray t-shirt. The area where this actually attack occurred is approximately a mile away," said Allan outside the courtroom. "I'd like to know how my client made it from there to the Smith Fieldhouse and changed his clothes in that period of time."

Fletcher is facing two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. His attorney said Fletcher feels picking on and has been kicked out of BYU.

Allan told the judge he needs more time to look at all the evidence and claims the video surveillance does not prove the former BYU tack member committed the crimes.

BYU Campus Police said they are confident their video evidence will clearly show flecter is their guy. They plan to reveal more evidence and that could bring forth more charges. If he is found guilty of the two misdemeanors sexual battery charges, he could spend a year in jail.

Fletcher is due back in court on July 17.