Report: Ex-TV Weatherman Guilty Of Lewd Act In Public
Joe Lizura No Longer A Member Of KUSI News
7:20 AM, Feb 11, 2011
A well-known face on local TV is no longer doing weather reports at TV station KUSI.10News learned meteorologist Joe Lizura's departure from KUSI comes after he pleaded guilty to one count of committing a lewd act in public.An eyewitness told 10News' Allison Ash she was sitting at a bus stop along Adams Avenue in Normal Heights last October when she noticed a man in a window across the street. She said she told police the man had his pants unzipped and was fondling himself."I was pretty shaken up at first. The main lingering feeling was one of disgust, and I'm just upset that he thought it was OK that he involve somebody that was unwilling in that kind of behavior," the woman, a San Diego State University student, told 10News.10News learned the woman was not the only witness. Police said she and another student she did not know were at the bus stop and were both able to positively identify Lizura's face out of a photo lineup."I was given printouts of I think 5 or 6 people. I picked one out after looking at all of them carefully, and I later heard from the other witness that he had independently picked out the same person," the woman said.The behavior she said she witnessed happened at a media business partly owned by Lizura. 10News learned Lizura creates children's music videos and other programs.Last month, Lizura pleaded guilty to one count of committing a lewd act in public, which is a misdemeanor. Two other counts were dropped, 10News learned.Lizura declined 10News' request for an interview Friday, but issued the following statement: "This is an incident that's over and it's in the past from last October where someone said they saw something that I would never do, but I elected to plead to a misdemeanor and a $200 fine rather than get into a drawn out he said-they said argument. I've always maintained a stellar reputation in this town.""As for KUSI, I simply left to run my own company that makes television shows of which I've written more than 30 episodes, it's always been my second love." The woman said she spoke to 10News because she wanted other women to know that type of behavior shouldn't be tolerated and should be reported to police."Apparently, this isn't a very uncommon thing. I mean, you hear people say, 'Oh, a friend of mine had this happen to them or whatever,' and it's not OK," the woman told 10News.Lizura was placed on summary probation for three years and he must be screened by a counselor, 10News learned.Lizura was also ordered to stay away from his victims, but he does not have to register as a sex offender.