A Dublin man who was arrested in Upper Arlington last year pleaded guilty last week to multiple charges of exposing himself to young girls and felony importuning.

A Dublin man who was arrested in Upper Arlington last year pleaded guilty last week to multiple charges of exposing himself to young girls and felony importuning.

Brent P. Hodges, 23, pleaded guilty in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on March 12 to a third-degree felony count of attempted importuning, a misdemeanor count of attempted public indecency, and six misdemeanor counts of public indecency. Hodges' sentencing was set for April 24 by Judge Julie Lynch.

According to court records, Hodges, a Stillmeadow Drive resident, was arrested on May 25 of last year by Upper Arlington police after he had asked a 12-year-old to perform a sex act.

UA police had already been looking for the man at that point: One month earlier, on April 14, Hodges flagged down a pair of 11-year-old girls walking home from school at the corner of McCoy and Woodbridge roads while in his Jeep. The girls ran away after Hodges asked them for directions, and then exposed his genitals to them, according to police reports.

Police investigated a similar instance of public indecency on May 6 near Thompson Park. Hodges also pleaded guilty to another instance of public indecency on April 28 that took place on Riverside Green Drive.

Hodges must register as a sex offender following the guilty plea. The third-degree felony count of attempted importuning carries a 18-month prison sentence, while the six misdemeanors together could amount to more than two years of jail time.