The Police Have Dropped The Charges Against The Finance Guy They First Thought Was The 'Gentleman Groper'

Karl Vanderwoude

Photo: NYPost screenshot

Charges against Karl¬†Vanderwoude, the man that NYPD accused of being the ‘well-dressed groper,’ were dismissed yesterday, the New York Post reported.Vanderwoude, who works as an operations coordinator at MVision Private Equity Advisors, turned over video evidence that he was at work during one instance of the alleged groping and proof that he was at a restaurant with friends when another groping incident was reported.

Vanderwoude had previously been outspoken against the allegations, saying it was a case of mistaken identity. Even his employer stood behind him, saying they would help him fight the charges before they were dropped.

Police said they originally arrested Vanderoude on an anonymous tip; it really sounds like someone had a personal bone to pick with Vanderwoude and took advantage of the “well-dressed groper” description to target Vanderoude. From the Post:

The tipster served up Vanderwoude to cops on a plate — giving his name, address, cell phone, place of employment and the name of the person with whom he was living.

Vanderoude has not decided if he will be pursuing charges against the NYPD. 

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