Area man to face more sex charges

WINTERSVILLE – A man who has been arrested several times on voyeurism charges was arrested again for looking into house windows and for performing a sex act behind a woman at a laundromat.

Mario O. Lyles, 28, of 410 Henry Ave., Steubenville, was charged by Cross Creek Township Police on Wednesday with a felony count of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile and misdemeanor counts of public indecency and sexual imposition.

Lyles also was charged Monday by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department with two counts of criminal trespass after he was seen looking into windows of houses on Bantam Ridge Road.

Michael Maguschak, Cross Creek Township Police chief, said a woman was at a laundromat on Springdale Avenue about a month ago with her two grandchildren. Lyles walked into the laundromat and went into the restroom, Maguschak said.

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

Maguschak said Lyles was a suspect and a test was conducted to compare Lyles’ DNA with the semen found on the clothing. He said BCI confirmed through DNA testing that the semen came from Lyles.

The DNA test was done on Lyles because he was on probation out of Wintersville county court on a voyeurism charge. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail in September and ordered to undergo assessment by the Jefferson Behavioral Health System.

“He has been arrested several times for voyeurism. He is escalating,” Maguschak said.

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 JC Penney store at the Fort Steuben Mall in February 2008.

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