Police make arrest in Berkeley pool groping

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

Update, Dec. 14: The Alameda County district attorney’s office charged 38-year-old Ryan Lee McCorvie with eight felony counts alleging lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old. Read more on Berkeleyside.

Update, Oct. 27: According to the Alameda County district attorney’s office, this case is pending further investigation, and McCorvie has not yet been charged.

Original story, Oct. 21: Police have arrested a man in connection with the groping of several children in a Berkeley pool over the summer.

Just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, police arrested 38-year-old Ryan Lee McCorvie of Oakland on a warrant for committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, according to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s department.


Berkeleyside has requested additional information about the case from the Alameda County district attorney’s office.

According to a statement released after publication, UCPD said McCorvie has been arrested in connection with seven counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, and that there may be additional victims.

UCPD said previously officers were looking for a man who groped several children Aug. 27 while they were swimming in UC Berkeley’s Strawberry Canyon Pool before 5:45 p.m.

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

Police said a 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 he groped several girls, ages 9 to 13, while they were swimming.

Sgt. Sabrina Reich, a UCPD spokeswoman, said no mugshot is being released at this time because the investigation is ongoing.


McCorvie is being held at Berkeley Jail with a bail of $700,000 and is scheduled for arraignment Friday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.

According to his LinkedIn profile, McCorvie is a graduate student in the UC Berkeley statistics department, where he is researching probability. He worked previously, according to the profile, for Goldman Sachs as a quantitative modeler and risk manager.

The University of California, Berkeley, has placed McCorvie on administrative leave, Reich said.

Police ask anyone with information about the case 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.

Related:
DA files charges in Berkeley pool groping case (12.14.15)
Police: Man groped kids at Strawberry Canyon Pool (08.28.15)

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[Editor’s Note: This story was originally published at 4:10 p.m., and was updated after publication in response to additional information released by authorities.]