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Civil confinement trial begins for Auburn prison inmate

An Auburn Correctional Facility inmate appeared in Cayuga County Court Wednesday after the state Attorney General’s office filed a petition to civilly commit or supervise him upon his release from prison.

The inmate is referred to in court papers as Donald G., but state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision records show his full name is Donald P. Guido. The 56-year-old man has been incarcerated since 1991 after he was convicted of first- and second-degree rape in Herkimer County, DOCCS records show. He had previously been sentenced to 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years in prison for first-degree sexual abuse in Oneida County.

Under the state’s Mental Hygiene Law, Article 10, recidivistic sex offenders who suffer from “mental abnormalities” may have their confinement or supervision extended. The law was enacted in 2007 to protect the public from sex offenders who are predisposed to commit sex offenses and have serious difficulty controlling their conduct.

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