Jackson Radio Host Accused of Peeping into Home
UPDATE: Ozier entered guilty pleas in Madison County General Sessions Court to the charges of Criminal Trespass and Observing without Consent (window peeping), Thursday morning.
He will be on supervised probation for 11 months and 29 days. On June 11, 2013, Willie Lamar Ozier will appear in General Sessions Court, Division I, at 1:00 p.m. for his sentencing hearing.
He was also ordered have no contact, directly or indirectly, with the victim or witness and was also ordered to stay away from the location of the incident.
WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News reporter Mallory Cooke is working on this story and will have more on WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News at 5.
JACKSON, Tenn. - The Madison County Sheriff's Department has arrested a man they believe was looking into windows of a residence in the northern part of the county.
According to a news release, deputies were called to the 100 block of Beinville Street Tuesday after a person reported a man had been trying to look in the home.
Deputies reported locating Willie Lamar Ozier, 43, of Jackson in the area of the residence. Witnesses reportedly identified him as the person looking into the residence.
Debbie Childress said that was exactly why she started her areas neighborhood watch, to protect her community in any situation. She said the goal is to quickly alert authorities of any suspicious activity.
"I appreciate whoever it was that saw the person and made the call," she said.
Ozier was charged with criminal trespassing and observing without consent which the sheriff's department also referred to as "window peeping."
Pamela Humphrey lives near the location Ozier was allegedly spotted. "It makes me feel unsafe because, like I say, you don't know now. How do I know he wasn't looking in my house at night time?" she said.
Ozier's wife, Lisa, said her husband, who is also a local minister, was in the neighborhood looking for her. She does not believe he did anything wrong.
Residents said they still feel uneasy that someone was reportedly lurking in their neighborhood. Maurice Senter said he was uncomfortable because his children are on summer vacation and could now be home when situations like this occur.
"All you can do is pray and just hold your kids next to you and try to protect them, because there are a lot of crazy people out here and you just have to watch yourself and your family," he said.
Childress said neighbors should not be alarmed and added the neighborhood watch has made the neighborhood safer. She said she has no idea why the neighborhood would be targeted.
"We're just regular hard working people. We have things of value but not money value," she said.
Residents along Beinville Street said they feel robbed of their security. Lisa Ozier said that should not be the case and insists her husband is a good man. She said the truth will eventually come out.
Childress said her neighbor did the right thing, alerting the authorities to Ozier.
"Watch what's going on in your neighborhood and don't be afraid to pick up the phone and call the sheriffs department," Childress said.
According to at WNWS 101.5 FM Manager Larry Wood, Ozier does co-host a weekly Sunday morning program on the station called "The Other Side," but he is not a station employee. They were unable to comment further on the situation but said they were looking into the allegations.
Ozier is scheduled to be arraigned May 30, 2013, in General Sessions Court, Division I, at 8:30 a.m.
Deputies are continuing their investigation into the case.