- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Salem, Ore., police are warning women to be alert after 14 reports of a skinny young male in a hooded sweatshirt groping women and running away.

The Salem cases date back to late October.

Officer Heather Day suggests women walk with confidence, make eye contact with passers-by and not be embarrassed to yell and defend themselves. She says the groper’s behavior suggests he looks for opportunities to surprise victims from behind when they are distracted.

In a separate string of gropings, a Tualatin man has been sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to 20 counts including third-degree sex abuse and misdemeanor harassment.

The Oregonian reports those incidents date back to last May. Ian Joseph Billow was arrested last November in Washington County. Two female employees of an apartment complex were among those who accused him, saying he touched them inappropriately while they gave him renter’s tours.

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