Photo: UCPD
Photo, released by UCPD, of the man suspected of groping children

The University of California Police Department is looking for a man reported to have groped several children while they were swimming in Strawberry Canyon Pool on Thursday.

According to a UCPD notice released Friday at about 10:50 a.m., the reports came in Thursday at about 5:45 p.m.

Police say the man “swam up to each victim, grabbed their leg and/or buttocks then swam away. It is possible that there are additional victims.”

Police said the man grabbed several girls, ages 9 to 13, while they were swimming. 

Police are still trying to identify the man. He was described as white, with brown hair and facial stubble. He had a medium build and is reported to have a “pot belly.”

The man was wearing red swim shorts.

Strawberry Canyon Pool (file photo). Photo: Citizen reporter
Strawberry Canyon Pool (file photo). Photo: Citizen reporter

The popular pool is located on Centennial Drive east of Stadium Rim Way.

Police ask anyone with information about the man or related crimes to call the University of California Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau at 510-642-0472 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or 510-642-6760 at all other times.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...