Former UI doctoral student gets probation for exposing himself in Campustown


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URBANA — A former doctoral student at the University of Illinois who admitted exposing himself to women has been sentenced to a year of conditional discharge.

Akid Ornob, 26, who listed an address in the 300 block of East White Street, Champaign, pleaded guilty earlier this month before Judge Brett Olmstead to public indecency, a misdemeanor, admitting that on Aug. 22, 2017, he exposed his sex organ to a woman in the vicinity of Third and Healey streets in Champaign.

The incident came to light in late June when Ornob was identified by UI police as the person who had engaged in similar activity on campus on at least two other occasions.

He was ordered to get a sex-offender evaluation and pay court costs of about $235. Conditional discharge is a form of probation that does not require regular reporting to a probation officer.

In exchange for Ornob's guilty plea, the state agreed to dismiss two other counts of misdemeanor public indecency alleging he exposed himself to a woman Sept. 27, 2017, in the 500 block of East White Street, and on June 8 in the 600 block of South Fourth Street, both in Champaign.

Ornob was criminally charged in July. He had been enrolled at the UI for the fall semester but has since withdrawn, according to UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler.


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