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Alleged groper faceing more charges

The groper who attacked several women on the University of Minnesota campus was charged with seven more counts of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct Wednesday.

Minneapolis Police Sgt. Jesse Garcia said more charges against Phillip William Acosta, 41, are pending.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Acosta was originally charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct to keep him in custody while police built up the other cases against him.

Acosta assaulted seven other women on the University campus, usually approaching them from behind on a bicycle.

Acosta admitted to all nine counts of assault and could face up to four years in prison because of the multiple incidents, Freeman said.

The Minnesota Daily said that Freeman will have a medical specialist perform psychiatric work on Acosta.

Freeman hopes to learn why Acosta committed the assaults and if there is a way to prevent him from committing these crimes in the future.

Acosta remains in the Hennepin County jail, the Star Tribune said.