Friday, July 20, 2001

Man admits throwing fluids, asks judge for help

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Riverside man with a 21-year history of arrests for voyeurism and public indecency pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges Thursday after admitting to police he flung saliva on women.

        Anthony Searles, 42, of Hillside Avenue asked the judge for psychiatric help — possibly in an institution — after pleading guilty to inducing panic and criminal mischief.

        Hamilton County Municipal Judge John H. Burlew ordered Mr. Searles, a carpet cleaner, to be held in the Hamilton County Justice Center until he undergoes a psychiatric evaluation and HIV testing.

        Police also took a saliva sample to be tested. Police said they feel certain the substances flung on women were saliva.

        A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 8.

        Mr. Searles faces additional misdemeanor charges in nearly two dozen such incidents since April, including some in Grant County and Boone County, Ky.; Delhi Township, Springdale and North College Hill.

        Eight people, who were victims and witnesses, identified Mr. Searles in a lineupThursday, said Cincinnati Police Detective Paul Renadette. He said Mr. Searles did not know the women he attacked.

        What motivated the attacks is unclear.

        Mr. Searles is married to his fifth wife, with a child on the way, according to police.

        Mr. Searles was arrested for voyeurism and public indecency in September 1995.

        Court records show Mr. Searles has spent at least five months in the Hamilton County jail since May 1993 on public indecency charges, and his record includes one arrest on a rape charge.

        In all, he's been charged with more than 20 misdemeanors and six felonies in Hamilton County, and convicted of at least eight charges, including a felony.

        Detective Renadette said Mr. Searles also has been convicted of sex crimes in Georgia and South Carolina.

        The attacks downtown — on well-dressed, attractive women — appear to coincide with when Mr. Searles had appointments to meet his probation officer, Detective Renadette said.

       Reporter Marie McCain contributed to this article.


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