City man is sentenced on sex-related charges

STEUBENVILLE – A city man who has been in trouble before for voyeurism and was recently arrested for performing a sexual act behind a woman at a laundromat, was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Thursday.

Mario O. Lyles, 28, of 410 Henry Ave. pleaded guilty before Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to misdemeanor public indecency and disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile, a felony.

Cross Creek Township Police reported a woman was at a laundromat on Springdale Avenue on Feb. 22 with her two grandchildren. Lyles walked into the laundromat and went into the bathroom, police reported.

The woman was bending over taking clothes out of the dryer when Lyles walked behind her and performed a sexual act, police reported. One of the grandchildren saw the act, police said. Semen taken from the woman’s clothing was sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for DNA testing, police reported.

Lyles told Henderson what was in the police report was what happened.

“It was a wrongful act on my behalf and I admit to it,” Lyles said, adding he has a problem and needs help.

Assistant Prosecutor Samuel Pate said the charge of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile was filed because the juvenile saw the sex act performed by Lyles.

Pate requested Lyles remain in jail until a bed is available for him at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center.

“Most important, he needs to get a lot of counseling

Lyles was arrested in July in Weirton on a fugitive from justice warrant after Weirton officers responded to Kmart about a report of a man allegedly photographing women in the fitting rooms.

Lyles was wanted at the time in Steubenville after an incident on July 11 in which he followed a woman at Wal-Mart and tried to take pictures of her from behind.

Lyles was convicted of voyeurism after he put a camera under a dressing room door at the J.C. Penney store at the Fort Steuben Mall in February 2008.

Pate said Lyles keeps repeating the behavior.

“This is his last chance for counseling. The next time he is taking the trip,” Pate said about prison time,

Henderson said Lyles will be on probation for one year. He faces up to nine months in prison if he violates probation.

Also, William E. Reed, 37, of Martins Ferry was sentenced by Henderson to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to assault on a police officer and failure to comply with the order of a police officer.

A Tiltonsville police officer tried to get Reed to stop his vehicle at a gas station on Jan. 25. Reed accelerated and dragged the office for about 15 to 20 yards. Reed then led police on a chase into Rayland, where he wrecked into a guardrail. Police reported he was found hiding in a culvert.

Wanda MacNeill, 33, of 234 S. Eighth St. was sentenced by Henderson to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to burglary and criminal damaging.

She was seen March 21 with another man in the basement of a house in the 1300 block of Island Creek Township Road 378, Steubenville.

The resident of the house heard a noise outside and went to his basement, where he saw MacNeill and a man. The pair ran out of the basement and across the yard, a county sheriff’s deputy said. The resident got into a vehicle and chased the pair. A deputy said MacNeill gave up running and was detained by the resident until deputies arrived.

MacNeill will be on probation for one year. She faces up to six months in prison if she violates probation.