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Suspect released on bail after sneaking into college dorm, touching student’s leg: police

A North Carolina man has been released on bail after he allegedly snuck into a college dorm building and inappropriately touched a student’s leg.

Mecklenburg County authorities charged John Foster Alexander, 38, with sexual battery, secret peeping, first-degree burglary, breaking and entering, and second-degree trespassing in connection with the reported incident after he turned himself in. He was released Wednesday on $50,000 bond.

Belmont Abbey College released a photo of the suspect in an alert to students after he entered a dorm building on the Catholic school’s Belmont, North Carolina, campus on Sunday morning.

“I’ve been here six years, and . . . this is not something that happens on Belmont Abbey’s campus. We’re a very safe place,” Belmont Abbey College Chief of Police Andy Leonard told Fox News Digital.

“We’re still trying to figure out, why here?” he said, speculating that because the suspect worked in the bar-restaurant industry in the area, he may have been exposed to Belmont Abbey students in a work setting.

A Belmont Abbey College spokesperson declined to share a statement.

Audrey Conklin is a digital reporter for Fox News Digital and FOX Business. Email tips to or on Twitter at @audpants.


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