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February 1, 2013

Sex offender, horse abuser faces charges

By Denise Richardson
The Daily Star

---- — 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.

An investigation by deputies revealed that Lane broke into the Gohan Road residence and stayed there without permission from the homeowner in an attempt to avoid law enforcement.

Lane had turned the electricity on, used the homeowner’s firewood and ate food left in the house. The investigation led to Lane’s arrest Tuesday on the burglary charge, and he was arraigned Wednesday before Milford Town Judge Carol A. Rumenapp, who sent him to jail without bail because of his two prior two felony convictions.

Lane was convicted June 25, 2003, of second-degree rape of a 14 year-old girl, according to the state Sex Offender Registry, and he was sentenced to seven years in prison and was released in November 2009.

In November, a horse that Lane rode from Schenevus to Oneonta had to be euthanized, Oneonta city police said.

Lane was charged Nov. 18 with torturing or injuring an animal, a misdemeanor under state Agriculture and Markets law, resisting arrest, having an open container of alcohol and littering for throwing away a beer can, city police said.

After Lane didn’t appear in Oneonta City Court on the charges, an arrest warrant was issued.

In 2010, Lane was the subject of a manhunt in Unadilla by state police in 2010, which resulted in misdemeanor and violation charges stemming from a domestic dispute.