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February 1, 2013

Sex offender, horse abuser faces charges

A former Schenevus resident who is a twice-convicted felon was arrested on two felony charges this week, Otsego County deputies said in a media release.

Donald B. Lane Jr., 42, a registered level two sexual offender, remained jailed Thursday where he has been since last week, when he was accused of stealing and injuring a horse, deputies said. Lane was arrested Jan. 23 after barricading himself inside a Maryland home where he had been hiding, deputies said.

Lane was charged Monday with being a sexual offender who failed to register a change of address within the required 10 calendar days and Tuesday with second-degree burglary, the release said. He faces up to 15 years to life in prison if convicted of the two felony charges.

The release and law enforcement officials gave the following information about the cases:

Lane lived in Schenevus until early December, when he went on the run after missing court dates, and warrants were issued for his arrest.

He was recently indicted by an Otsego County grand jury on the sexual registration law felony, the release said, and he was arrested in Otsego County jail on a sealed indictment warrant. Lane was arraigned by county court Judge John F. Lambert and remanded to jail on $20,000 bail, and he is to re-appear in court Feb. 11.

On Jan. 23, deputies, acting on a tip, developed information that Lane was hiding in a seasonal residence on Gohan Road in the town of Maryland. About six deputies and investigators searched several seasonal residences and located Lane in one of them, but he barricaded himself inside the house.

Deputies said they talked to Lane until he surrendered himself without incident after about 40 minutes.

That morning, he was arrested on an unrelated Maryland Town Court warrant on charges of stealing a horse from a barn and causing injury to the animal. Lane was arraigned in Worcester Town Court that afternoon and sent to jail on $20,000 bail.

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