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serial groper blames attraction to female buttocks for attacks

The 41-year-old Minneapolis man told police that he sexually assaulted 10 female students over the last several weeks because he is attracted to female buttocks, the Star Tribune reported Thursday.

Phillip W. Acosta was arrested Tuesday and charged Thursday with two counts of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with two incidents on the University of Minnesota campus Tuesday night.

Acosta remains in the Hennepin Country jail held pending the possible filing of additional or more serious charges.

Acosta was arrested on the university's West Bank after a woman reported being groped near the McNamara Alumni Center Tuesday night.

Dispatchers told the officers who arrested Acosta that another groping had been reported 20 minutes earlier, and soon the two victims identified Acosta as their attacker.

Acosta has no known affiliation with the university.