Man arrested for allegedly groping, spitting on students on Sproul

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UCPD arrested a 36-year-old man Friday morning after he allegedly groped three students and spat on another on Sproul Plaza.

According to UCPD Lt. Marc DeCoulode, the man, Stanley McGraw, was arrested on Durant Avenue on three counts of sexual battery and one count of battery before being taken to Berkeley Jail.

McGraw was arraigned Monday at Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland. During the proceeding, he was advised of the four charges against him and his bail was set at $25,000.

Kelsey White, a senior at UC Berkeley, said in email that she was seated on a bench in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Building Friday morning and was speaking to her mom over the phone when she saw a man enter the building “yelling profanities” and exit soon after.

“He then approached me and got so close that I couldn’t stand up. He kept yelling ‘I’m gonna kill you, bruh, I’m only 17, bruh’ and spit in my face consistently,” White said in an email. “My mom was wondering what the voice was and I looked around and tried to ask someone to help me. Nobody did anything.”

Eventually, another female student approached White and the suspect while on the phone with police. The suspect then left campus down Telegraph Avenue, according to White.

Police identified McGraw as 36 years old, but White stated that the man who spat at her looked between 20 and 22 years old.

White said in an email that she remains shocked by her experience last Friday.

“All of the guidelines they give you about how to stay safe — be in the daylight, have people around, call someone if you’re alone — seemed not to matter in this instance,” White said in an email.

McGraw is scheduled for an attorney and plea proceeding Tuesday morning at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse.

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Correction(s):
A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Kelsey White was in front of Eshleman Hall when she saw a man enter the building who later spat on her. In fact, she was in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union building.