Visiting scholar sought in connection with fondling incidents

Monday, April 28, 2014 | 5:32 p.m. CDT; updated 10:19 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 29, 2014

COLUMBIA — MU police were asking for help finding a visiting scholar in connection with an incident reported on campus Saturday.

Saturday's Clery release described an incident in which a woman and her friend were walking between the Chancellor's Residence on Francis Quadrangle and Pickard Hall at MU. A man approached them and asked one of the students if he could take a picture with her. The second student took the picture with the man's camera, according to the release. The man then asked that another be taken and grabbed the student's buttocks and fondled her breast. The student pushed him away and left.

An updated Clery release, issued Monday, said more women had reported contact with the suspect after the first incident was reported. Some of the women reported that the suspect kissed them on the forehead after the incident. The women did not report any other inappropriate physical contact.

The suspect was originally described in the release as "a Middle-Eastern male, around 60 years old, dark brown skin, black hair with a little white in it, not balding, little to no facial hair, and a thick accent."

MU police asked for help Monday in finding Khaled Fathy Mahmoud Salem Farag — also known as Khaled Salem. Police Captain Brian Weimer said police identified Farag from photographs given to them when the incident was reported.

Farag is a visiting scholar in MU's Division of Plant Sciences, said Jacob Burkholder, office manager at MU News Bureau. 

Anyone with information about Farag's location is asked to call 882-7201.

According to a LinkedIn profile, Farag is an associate professor at Menoufia University in Menoufia, Egypt.

Missourian reporter Cassa Niedringhaus contributed to this article.

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.

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