WEST CHESTER TWP. OH Jan 16 2012— A former Hamilton police officer accused of masturbating while peeking into windows at a Monroe motel has pleaded guilty to reduced charges of attempted voyeurism and public indecency.
Justin Lunsford, 27, of Trenton, entered the plea in Butler County Area III Court on Tuesday during an arraignment hearing. He faces up to 90 days in jail and fines when he returns to court for sentencing on Feb. 17.
Lunsford, who joined the Hamilton force in 2007, resigned in early December after learning he would be charged in the case.
Monroe police filed charges of voyeurism and public indecency against Lunsford Dec. 6. Both charges are misdemeanors.
A psychological evaluation was ordered as part of a pre-sentence investigation prior to sentencing.
Court records say that Lunsford’s acts on Nov. 30 were caught on security video at Parkside Inn on Hamilton-Middletown Road. The complaint, filed by Monroe Detective Gregg Myers, also indicates that Lunsford confessed.
Lunsford was stopped by police after motel patrons reported seeing a man in a white hooded sweatshirt, naked from the waist down in the parking lot. They also reported that he urinated and defecated in the lot.
Police said they caught Lunsford in a black SUV attempting to leave the parking lot. He told investigators that he had been at Putter’s Sports Grill in Liberty Township and stopped to urinate in the motel parking lot because it was a “dark place.