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SEX OFFENDER ON PAROLE RULED GUILTY IN ATTACK

William Doud was convicted today of sexually molesting a Buffalo woman he wouldn't let out of his flat for hours last fall because he was on electronic parole for an earlier sex conviction.

Doud, 54, of 92 Clark St., was found guilty of felony sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment for molesting a 32-year-old woman and holding her prisoner in his flat last Nov. 30.

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph S. Forma convicted him after a weeklong, non-jury trial.

"I've been framed," Doud said to friends in the courtroom after the judge announced his decision.

Doud claimed he had a handwritten note from the woman saying they had voluntary sex. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18.

Doud faces a up to seven years in prison on the conviction and an additional five years for parole violation, prosecutor Kenneth Forrest Case said.

Doud has been convicted of rape in Jamestown in 1962, sodomy in Monroe County in 1970 and rape in Chautauqua County in 1980.

As the trial began, the victim told the judge that she met Doud when he came to Buffalo in 1994 and went to his home the day of the attack to borrow money.

The woman said that as she was leaving the bathroom at his apartment, Doud threw her to the kitchen floor, pulled her into his bedroom and molested her.

The woman said Doud, who was wearing an electronic ankle-monitoring device because of his 1994 parole, refused to let her leave his flat until 6 a.m. Dec. 1 because that was the only time of day he was allowed out of his home.

The woman told the judge that after the incident she refused to sign a note Doud gave her that stated she had voluntary sex with him.

Doud did not testify at his trial. Defense attorney Susan M. Karalus contended the victim signed the note, but the judge said he found the victim's signature too similar to Doud's handwriting and nothing like her own.

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