Twenty-eight-year-old Robert Koziol of Grand Island recently pleaded no contest in Buffalo County District Court to five counts of felony unlawful intrusion between January 1st and September 25th of 2014.
As part of a plea agreement, Buffalo County Attorney Shawn Eatherton dismissed one other similar charge filed against Koziel.
On September 25th, employees of a Kearney restaurant found a cellphone in the vent of a women’s restroom. An investigation by Kearney police revealed the cellphone belonged to Koziel who had reported it stolen the same day.
According to records, when questioned about the cellphone in the vent, Koziel denied it was his. Police later executed a search warrant at a Kearney residence occupied by Koziel, at which time they seized a second cellphone and a laptop computer and their contents were forensically downloaded. The devices showed there was an application on the phone from the restroom that was programmed to automatically record video when there was motion or movement.
The devices showed images and videos of five women in the restroom on numerous days in different stages of undressing. In several instances on the laptop, the photos were enhanced to include Koziel and make it appear he was having sex with the women.
Police say none of the pictures taken by the cellphone were posted to the internet. The judge accepted Koziel’s no contest plea and ordered him to undergo a presentence investigation by the state probation department.
Sentencing is set to take place in March. Koziel remains free on bond.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney