Oswego, N.Y. — Oswego landlord and businessman Doug Waterbury was arrested Wednesday on charges that he exposed himself and solicited a woman to give him oral sex for money.

Waterbury, who was separately accused earlier this week of violating the terms of two sexual harassment lawsuits he settled in 2019, was charged with third-degree patronizing a prostitute and public lewdness, according to Oswego police.

Waterbury is a prominent landlord in the Oswego and Morrisville communities and also owns Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, Santa’s Workshop in North Pole and the Renaissance Festival in Sterling.

Last year, Waterbury settled two sexual harassment lawsuits that spanned 30 years and more than 50 tenants and other victims, who told Department of Justice lawyers and advocates from CNY Fair Housing that Waterbury coerced them into having sex by threatening them with homelessness.

As part of the settlement, Waterbury agreed to pay $850,000 and stay away from tenants at his 100 rental properties in Central New York.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a recent U.S. District Court filing that Waterbury and his wife, Carol, have consistently violated the 2019 agreement.

Among other things, the feds allege that they refused to work with the rental management agency that they were required to hire to manage tenants and properties in Oswego County and that Doug Waterbury has been dealing directly with current and former tenants, which are both barred as part of the settlement.

The latest incident involving Waterbury happened around 7 a.m. on Sept. 30 in a remote area on the east side of the city. Oswego police said that’s when they received a call from a person reporting that a man was exposing himself while leaning into a vehicle in public view.

At first, the caller could only see the man exposing himself and it was only until the man, whom police say was Waterbury, drove away did the caller see the second person in the car.

The caller provided police with video and photos of the vehicle involved. Police investigators identified the vehicle’s owner, later identified as Waterbury, and later identified the female victim, who told police that the man solicited her for oral sex.

Oswego police Lt. Damian Waters said Waterbury and the woman were “familiar” with each other. She was not a tenant of Waterbury’s, Waters said.

As a result of the investigation, the 60-year-old Waterbury, of Oswego, was arrested Wednesday morning.

He was issued an appearance ticket to reappear in Oswego City Court.

Contact Jacob Pucci at jpucci@syracuse.com or find him on Twitter at @JacobPucci.



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