ELYRIA — A Lorain man accused of entering a home and exposing himself to a group of women inside has pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and public indecency.
Edward Kozich II, 42, of Main Avenue, pleaded guilty to an amended indictment of two counts of third-degree felony counts of burglary and multiple misdemeanor counts of public indecency, according to court documents. Kozich had faced second-degree felony burglary charges, which were reduced in a plea agreement.
In January, Kozich went to an Amherst home owned by his sister, saying she had given him permission to be there, Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will has said.
Whenever Kozich drinks alcohol, he gets “sexually frisky and goes around and makes a nuisance of himself,” according to Will.
Kozich was at the home when three young women who were moving into the house arrived. The young women called the owner of the house, and she told them Kozich was not supposed to be there and told him to leave, which he did, Will has said.
Kozich, however, had a key to the house and returned a short time later. The young women told him they were calling the police. While two of them went to do that, the other young woman stayed in a room to watch Kozich.
“The next thing you know, he’s got his trousers down, exposing himself and is masturbating,” Will said in May. “They told him the cops were coming and you’re not going to stay here. Eventually, he got up and tried to flee. They chased him down, tackled him and held him down until the cops get there.”
Kozich is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge James Miraldi at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. He faces a maximum of five years in prison and nine months in jail, according to court documents.
He recently was released from prison after serving 10 months for attempted burglary and menacing by stalking, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Over the years, Kozich has been arrested on burglary, voyeurism, aggravated menacing, trespassing and other charges, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held in Lorain County Jail on $15,000 bond.