Man Pleads Guilty To Felony Kidnapping A Day Before His Trial

By: Tyler Murphy

Man pleads guilty to felony kidnapping a day before his trial

NORWICH – A man accused of stalking an 11 year-old girl on the street and attacking a 21-year-old woman in an empty parking lot pleaded guilty to a single count of felony kidnapping Monday, a day before his trial was to begin in Chenango County Court.

32-year-old Andrew Jason Waterman pleaded guilty to second degree kidnapping, a Class B felony, and will be sentenced to five years in state prison and five years post-release supervision, reported First Assistant District Attorney Stephen Dunshee.

The official sentencing date has yet to be scheduled, but Dunshee explained that at the proceeding the court will also hold a special hearing to decide if Waterman should be a registered sex offender.

“At time of sentencing, we’ll have a hearing to determine if he’s going to be registered as a sex offender. Defendants pleading to non-sexual crimes, like kidnapping, can still be considered for sex offender registration if the court finds the criminal offense was sexually motivated,” said Dunshee.

Dunshee said Waterman admitted to attacking the woman in the parking in the plea bargain, but not to accosting a young girl on a Norwich street. The two separate incidents allegedly took place 43 days apart in 2009.

Dunshee said Waterman admitted no motive in the plea, but prosecutors will contend he is a sexual predator and that the crimes were sexually driven.

Waterman was accused of sexually soliciting an 11-year-old girl with drugs Feb. 2, 2009 and attacking a 21-year-old woman in a parking lot, pinning her to the ground, on March 27, 2009, both in the City of Norwich.

According the to complaint made by the girl’s parents, Waterman allegedly approached the youth in his vehicle. Police claimed he asked the youth if she was single, if she smoked marijuana and referred to her as “sexy,” during the brief encounter.

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