Crime & Courts

Richmond man accused of looking into woman's home with binoculars

Joseph F. Maras Jr., 49, Richmond
Joseph F. Maras Jr., 49, Richmond

A Richmond man accused of peering into his ex-girlfriend’s window with a pair of binoculars has been released from the McHenry County Jail after posting bond.

Joseph F. Maras Jr., 49, of the 300 block of Cunat Boulevard, faces stalking and disorderly conduct charges tied to allegations that he hid outside the woman’s home and attempted to look inside on two occasions.

Johnsburg police arrested Maras about 9:45 p.m. Thursday after he tried to conceal himself while peering into the woman’s Johnsburg home, according to a criminal complaint.

Police also obtained video surveillance footage of Maras crouching down and looking through the woman’s windows with a pair of binoculars, according to the complaint.

About a week before police arrested Maras, a McHenry County judge granted the alleged victim an order of protection against the man. In her petition, filed July 12, the woman claimed that Maras had been making harassing phone calls for the past month, as well as driving by her house and showing up on her doorstep uninvited.

If Maras were convicted of the most serious charge, stalking, he could be sentenced to up to three years in prison. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor that typically results in less than one year in jail.

During a brief court appearance Friday, Judge Tiffany Davis denied Maras’ request for a public defender. Maras posted bond shortly after and was released from the McHenry County Jail. He has not yet hired a private attorney, records show.

Maras is scheduled to make his second court appearance Friday morning.

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