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Man accused of appearing nearly nude outside Kent State sorority pleads guilty to trespassing charge

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Posted at 5:46 PM, Aug 19, 2020

KENT, Ohio — A man who was arrested last year and charged in connection with a string of prowling incidents at sorority houses on Kent State University's campus has pleaded guilty to a trespassing charge.

According to the Portage County Court of Common Pleas, Steven Franzreb, 43, of North Royalton pleaded guilty to one count of trespass into a habitation.

Franzreb was arrested on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, after police received multiple reports of a man approaching a Kent State University sorority house nude or mostly nude on multiple occasions.

The first incident occurred on Aug. 22, 2019 around 2:30 a.m. when Franzreb was seen on surveillance video completely nude on the front porch of the Alpha Phi sorority house. He was holding a cell phone and appeared to be recording on it, police said.

During that first incident, Franzreb was covered in writing including “LOSER” written across his forehead and “Laugh at me” written across his chest, according to police.

He was spotted approaching the sorority house again on Sept. 23, police said.

On Oct. 11, 2019, Kent police and U.S. Marshals arrested Franzreb in Broadview Heights.

He pleaded not guilty to menacing by stalking in Ravenna Municipal Court following his arrest, according to court records.

On Oct. 17, a Portage County grand jury indicted Franzreb on two counts of menacing by stalking, both fourth-degree felonies. He was also indicted on two counts of public indecency—one count a third-degree misdemeanor and the other count a second-degree misdemeanor, court records state.

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