Anne Blankenship, who taught Studies in American Religion in the spring, said she remembered seeing Deas in her class.
“He showed up maybe four times during the term, and I had a student who hadn’t shown up so I assumed it was him,” she said.
She said she realized after checking the photos on the class roster that Deas was not the student.
“He acted like an auditor,” Blankenship said.
A spokeswoman from the Office of the University Registrar said there is no record of Deas being a registered student.
Randy Young, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said the charges were based on incidents that occurred from March through May.
Young said other charges could be pending and a “substantial” number of individuals have come forward to report incidents.
He said Deas is from Asheboro and not affiliated with the University.
The case is not being treated as related to a string of home invasions in Chapel Hill earlier this year, where a man reportedly touched victims’ legs, Young said.
A spokeswoman for the Orange County Superior Court said Deas is scheduled to appear before a judge today.
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