QUEENSBURY — A former Warren County corrections officer who allegedly burglarized a home and fondled a woman who was staying at a rental vacation home in Johnsburg last summer will stand trial later this month after a judge upheld charges against him.

Daniel W. Hitchcock, 31, faces felony counts of second-degree burglary and third-degree burglary and misdemeanor forcible touching in connection with a July incident at a home on Edwards Hill Road.

Police said he went into the short-term rental home and climbed into bed with a woman, fondling her buttocks and thighs as she slept early the morning of July 15. The woman was part of a group of women staying at the home for the weekend.

State Police were told that Hitchcock, who lived nearby, had stopped by the home numerous times over the weekend to try to socialize with the women.

The alleged victim awoke that morning to a man fondling her, and was able to get out of the bedroom and scream to awaken her friends, who called police. The suspect left, but based on the prior interactions, troopers were able to locate Hitchcock later Sunday morning, and the women identified him as the attacker. The women told police that the man had repeatedly come to their home on Friday and Saturday, stopping by to ask for cigarettes and to use a bathroom, even though he lived a few doors away. They were concerned to the point that they locked themselves in the home Saturday night, authorities said. One door did not lock though, so they barricaded it with a table and other items.

Hitchcock’s father, the Johnsburg Highway Department superintendent, said his son was given wine by the women at the home and had been invited into the home at some point earlier in the weekend.

Hitchcock’s lawyer, Brian Breedlove, asked Warren County Judge John Hall to dismiss the charges, claiming the evidence against his client was not sufficient to sustain the charges.

The judge disagreed.

“The court finds neither dismissal nor reduction of the charges is warranted,” Hall wrote.

The court file shows no indication of any plea agreement talks in the case.

Hall scheduled trial in the case to begin March 25, with a hearing for a possible plea on Friday, and pretrial hearing on March 18 to focus on the statements Hitchcock made to State Police.

Hitchcock is free, pending further court action, and faces up to 15 years in state prison if convicted of second-degree burglary.

He worked as a jail guard at Warren County Jail in 2013, but was “let go” by the county Sheriff’s Office for reasons that weren’t detailed.

He was working for the Johnsburg Highway Department at the time of his arrest, and his employment status was unclear this week. Town Supervisor Andrea Hogan said he “has not yet had his day in court” but would not say if he was still being paid by the town.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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