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Sex offender indicted in apartment burglary

Sex offender indicted in apartment burglary

A Level 3 sex offender has been indicted on a high-level burglary count, accused of breaking into an

A Level 3 sex offender has been indicted on a high-level burglary count, accused of breaking into an apartment and accosting a 17-year-old girl, authorities said.

But his attorney disputes the allegations, and says the accounts of what happened have changed.

Douglas H. Hyson, 58, of Wylie Street was arraigned Monday in Schenectady County Court on a new count of first-degree burglary, as well as two misdemeanors. He pleaded not guilty before Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago.

The severity of the burglary charge was increased from the initial charges, with allegations that he broke into the apartment and threatened the use of a baseball bat, according to prosecutor Michael DeMatteo. He knew the residents, DeMatteo said.

Hyson is accused of illegally entering the Wylie Street apartment Oct. 1, armed with the bat. Once inside, he is accused of going to the bedroom of a 17-year-old resident, pushing her against the wall and covering her mouth, DeMatteo said.

The girl got free, started yelling and making noise, and Hyson left, DeMatteo said.

The teen’s mother was at work at the time, he said, but other children were home.

There has been no indication as to a motive, he added.

The charges themselves relate to the alleged illegal entry, threat with the baseball bat, covering of the victim’s mouth and the younger children witnessing part of the events.

In all, Hyson faces the first-degree burglary count, a high-level felony, along with misdemeanor criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child.

If convicted of the burglary count, Hyson would face up to 25 years in state prison.

Hyson is represented by attorney Mark Juda. He said Monday that the new allegations of what happened are different from the original allegations, and said Hyson denies them.

Hyson has since been released on $50,000 bond.

He appeared in Schenectady County Court earlier this month for bail to be set, as it couldn’t be set in a lower court due to prior felony convictions, including two prior burglary cases in the 1970s and a kidnapping in Michigan.

Hyson spent more than 20 years in a Michigan prison on the kidnapping conviction before he was released in 2002. For that conviction, he was classified as a Level 3 sex offender, the highest risk to reoffend.

According to a 2006 appeal of that classification, the kidnapping case was the result of a sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl.

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