Cal State San Marcos is warning its students to be on the lookout for a man accused of making intimate advances to female students, including caressing their feet or putting their toes in his mouth, a school crime alert says.
CSUSM police say Emeka Charles Ofoedu has been inappropriately touching students on their campus and at Palomar Community College, although he is not a student at either.
Victims tell investigators his focus is to caress, massage or place a victim’s foot or toes in his mouth without the women’s permission.
NBC 7 contacted the suspect at his home Friday, and he flatly denies the allegations.
“It didn’t happen,” Ofoedu said. “I personally don’t remember being on campus at Cal State San Marcos because I don’t actually go there.”
He said if he had been to the campus, it’s not to do what they are claiming.
Ofoedu was arrested on suspicion of battery, but according to the crime alert, he has indicated that he will return to the CSUSM campus.
For that reason, police released a picture and description of Ofoedu: a 19-year-old man, 5-feet-10-inches and 180 pounds, who wears glasses.
But Ofoedu told NBC 7 he is not coming back to campus because “if they don’t want me there, I’m not going to be there.”
CSUSM sent the following statement to NBC 7 about the issue:
“We learned that there had been a number of incident reports that had been filed at Palomar. Those reports combined with the incidents at our campus were packaged together to share with the DA. We believe, based on the information and history that we have, that there is an ongoing threat to our campus community, which is why we issued the timely warning. Since issuing the warning there have been additional victims that have come forward.”
It is unclear how many incidents Ofoedu has been tied to.