Man admits to being sexually abused with woman in hotel room | Crime and courts
CROWN POINT – A man from Sauk village pleaded guilty on Monday to a reduced charge in a rape case filed in 2018.
Joshua M. Lacey, 29, admitted in a plea agreement to fondling the woman on May 15, 2018, while she slept at a hotel in Merrillville.
The woman told police she went to the hotel to spend time with a romantic partner, Lake Criminal Court records show.
She woke up to find Lacey, her romantic partner’s friend, touching her private area, the plea agreement says.
When the woman told Lacey to stop, he replied, “When I see something I like, I take it.” the status of the records.
Lacey pleaded guilty to sexual assault, a level 6 felony.
In return for his plea, Lake County prosecutors accepted two counts of rape, a level 3 felony, and other charges.
If Judge Salvador Vasquez accepts his plea deal, he could face a sentence of six months to 2.5 years.
Lake County Assistant District Attorney Tara Villarreal and defense attorney Adrian Guzman were scheduled to argue the length of Lacey’s sentence at a hearing set for November 29.