DA to Drop Charges Against "Well-Dressed" Groping Suspect: Lawyer

Karl Vanderwoude, 26, has said since his April 13 arrest he is not the so-called "well-dressed groper"

Monday, May 7, 2012  |  Updated 6:45 AM EDT
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The man police presented to the world as a serial groper says officers have the wrong guy. He claims he has proof he didn't do it, and it's all a case of mistaken identity. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

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The man police presented to the world as a serial groper says officers have the wrong guy. He claims he has proof he didn't do it, and it's all a case of mistaken identity. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

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The Brooklyn man accused of being the "well-dressed groper" in a series of touching incidents is expected to have charges dropped Monday because his alibi checks out, his lawyer said.

Doug Burns told NBC 4 New York he expects the district attorney's office to announce they'll be dropping charges against 26-year-old Karl Vanderwoude at a scheduled court appearance.

Vanderwoude was arrested at his Park Slope home April 13 after someone called police to say he appeared to be the suspect in surveillance images released by detectives. He was then picked out of a lineup by an alleged victim.

But in interview with NBC 4 New York on April 23, Vanderwoude insisted police had the wrong man.

"My integrity, my character, has been tarnished by this," he said.

Vanderwoude's attorney said security video from his workplace shows he was at his job during one of the alleged groping incidents. NBC 4 New York was shown a portion of that video, which shows a glass reflection of a man appearing to be Vanderwoude.

Vanderwoude also said he was out to dinner with a co-worker during another alleged incident.

"I knew this wasn't me, and I would be able to prove it, but at the time, it seemed like it spiraled out of control," Vanderwoude told NBC 4 New York.

"I know that it will come out that it's not me, but it is hard to see that and know it's all over the Internet -- it's national," he said.

The district attorney's office declined to comment Sunday.

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