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Judge orders alleged BYU groper to stand trial

Posted at 6:15 PM, Sep 25, 2014

PROVO, Utah -- A man accused of groping women on Brigham Young University's campus has been bound over for trial Thursday.

At a preliminary hearing Judge Roger Griffin decided prosecutors provided sufficient evidence to bring 23-year-old Nathan Fletcher to trial; Fletcher faces two misdemeanor charges of sexucal battery in connection with the incidents but maintains he is innocent. Each charge carries a possible one year jail sentence and a $2,500 fine.

Fletcher became a suspect after members of BYU's track team said they recognized their teammate in surveillance footage that showed the suspect. The team members said they identified Fletcher as the suspect based on the way the person in the video was running.

"This looks exactly like Nate Fletcher’s run from behind," said BYU Track Team Trainer Jared Franson.

Franson and four of Fletcher's teammates took the stand in the preliminary hearing, also saying they recognized the clothes worn by the alleged groper.

"I would say from these two videos I was confident it was Nate Fletcher," said former teammate Dylan Shawhan.

Fletcher has asked for a Jury trial, likely to take place sometime in early 2015.