YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A jury convicted a Liberty man Thursday after he was arrested in May 2014, charged with making prank phone calls and impersonating a police officer.
The jury convicted Eric Brazina on 9 counts in all: Four of telecommunications harassment, four of impersonating a police officer, and one of disrupting a public service
Brazina’s sentencing will be held at a later date.
Police said he made a number of calls to the Sheriff’s Office trying to lure a female deputy away from the jail. The corrections officer then went to her supervisors to report it.
“They remembered that this individual was in our jail before for the same type of crimes and the photograph was shown to the deputy. The deputy immediately recognized the person as an ex-inmate and through interviews we realized this was our suspect,” said Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene.
In March of 2014, Brazina pleaded guilty to seven counts of telecommunications harassment and was sentenced to five years of probation for making crank calls to a bank branch and a law office in Boardman.
“And he was making threats he was going to harm somebody if they didn’t perform various acts upon themselves and co-workers,” said Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Nick Brevetta.
Court records show Brazina was ordered not to use any type of cellular device as part of his probation.
“It sounds to me like this individual basically has a sickness with this, or a fetish with this. I don’t know whether you want to call him a serial harasser, but that seems to be his M.O. and what he likes to do,” Greene said.
Police said Brazina confessed to calling the deputy when he was arrested.
“He basically expressed that he did not like this female officer and he wanted to intimidate her,” Greene said.