Moped-riding creep charged in four NYU groping attacks

Four NYU students were among the alleged victims of a moped-riding creep nabbed for a series of Manhattan groping attacks.

Yoga instructor James White, 37, was taken to the mat by police Sept. 10.

Detectives from the Manhattan Special Victims Squad busted White that Friday around 5 p.m. near Grand and Forsyth streets on the Lower East Side, after spotting him riding a red and black Fly-3 moped similar to the one used by the ride-by groper, the sources said. The Post broke the news of the arrest last Saturday.

Now it’s been revealed that the serial groper was targeting NYU students.

An NYU alert said a student was standing on the street outside 721 Broadway — the Tisch School of the Arts — when a man riding a two-wheeled vehicle grabbed her breast on Sept. 10.

The report by the Washington Square News, the university’s independent student newspaper, noted the ugly episode was the fourth such incident in less than two weeks, all committed by the same individual, the paper said, citing the Department of Campus Safety and the NYPD.

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The sicko’s spree is believed to have started Aug. 2 at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and West 50th Street in Midtown, according to cops.

James White is believed to have targeted NYU students.
Helayne Seidman

At the time of the arrest, law enforcement sources told The Post that White was believed behind six attacks, including one with an 11-year-old victim.

In each incident, the suspect rolled up to his female victims on a red and black moped, then grabbed their breasts without uttering a word.

The NYPD said White was charged in five incidents.

The department would not confirm whether four of the victims were NYU students, but NYU spokesman John Beckman said the tension on campus has eased.

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In each incident, the suspect rolled up to his female victims on a red and black moped, then grabbed their breasts without uttering a word.
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“These groping incidents aimed at women in the neighborhood were despicable. The sense of relief on campus at the suspect’s arrest was widespread,” Beckman said in a statement. “We hope it has brought a measure of justice to all those women who were targeted.”

The series of assaults unsettled the campus community, the school paper reported, but students vowed to remain on-guard because, according to one, “we’re still in New York and people are still creepy.”

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