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.

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