A man accused of breaking into homes and molesting or trying to molest young girls pleaded guilty to the accusations on Monday.
Edward Townsend, 36, pleaded guilty to child molestation, attempted child molestation and two counts of burglary. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison, followed by nine years’ probation.
“I apologize for my actions at the time,” Townsend told the judge. “It wasn’t intentional. I was heavily intoxicated that night.”
According to court records, Townsend broke into a South Andrews Circle home on May 28. He kissed a girl younger than 16 on her neck and inappropriately touched her while he was naked.
“The victim also gave a description which fit this defendant quite well,” Assistant District Attorney David Helmick said.
On July 18, Townsend climbed through the window of a Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard apartment. He removed his clothes and was in the room when a 7-year-old girl saw him and threatened to tell an adult, authorities state.
Investigators said Townsend fled the home nude from the waist down.
Authorities arrested Townsend days later.