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Stanford dog walker accused of sexual battery

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and lewd conduct Thursday hours after Palo Alto police obtained a warrant in the case of a woman groped while walking her dog on Aug. 8, police said.

At 10:22 p.m. Thursday, the deputies of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop on Interstate Highway 280 at Black Mountain Road and discovered the driver had an outstanding arrest warrant, Palo Alto police Lt. Zach Perron said.

The suspect, Arthur Julian Fodor, of Palo Alto, was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and lewd conduct, according to Perron.

Fodor’s capture came on the same day that the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office granted a request by Palo Alto police to issue a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of the two counts, Perron said.

Police had sought the suspect since a report by a woman in her 50s who told police that a young man allegedly groped her last month as they walked their dogs near Stanford University.

At 6:17 p.m. on Aug. 8, deputies from the Stanford University Department of Public Safety responded to a call from the woman about a sexual battery at 1711 Stanford Ave. on the university campus, according to Perron.

Deputies were unable to locate the suspect but later learned from the victim that the incident happened off the campus in the 2300 block of Amherst Street in Palo Alto, and they contacted police, Perron said.

The woman was walking her dog on South California Avenue south of El Camino Real in Palo Alto where a man with his dog, a pit bull, came up to her near Williams Street, according to police.

The man started a conversation and the two walked west on California Avenue for several blocks when the man began to make inappropriate comments, officers said.

After the woman turned right onto Amherst Street, the man groped her private parts over her clothing and fled after she took out her cellphone, police said. A

nyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Palo Alto police 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.

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