Sylvan Beach Amusement Park owner accused of patronizing prostitute, public lewdness

Douglas Waterbury

The owner of Sylvan Beach Amusement Park is accused of soliciting a prostitute in Oswego this past September.

Posted: Dec 10, 2020 12:09 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2020 12:25 PM

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The owner of Sylvan Beach Amusement Park is accused of soliciting a prostitute in Oswego this past September.

Douglas S. Waterbury, 60, allegedly exposed himself while leaning against a vehicle, in public view, around 7 a.m. on Sept. 30. According to police, the person who reported the incident says there was someone in the vehicle at the time. Police were provided photos of the vehicle and traced it back to a woman who alleges Waterbury did solicit her for oral sex.

Police arrested Waterbury on Dec. 9, and charged him with public lewdness and patronizing a prostitute.

He was released on an appearance ticket, and is expected back in court Dec. 17.

Waterbury was also accused earlier this week of violating the terms of two sexual harassment lawsuits he settled last year, according to Syracuse.com.

More than 50 of Waterbury’s tenants over the past 30 years told Department of Justice attorneys that Waterbury coerced them into sex by threatening them with homelessness.

Waterbury settled the suits, agreeing to pay $850,000 and stay away from tenants at all of his 100 rental properties in Central New York.

Waterbury also owns Santa's Workshop in North Pole in Wilmington, and the Renaissance Festival in Sterling.

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