Hoarders Reality Show Accidently Features Convicted Sex Offender

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Oct. 19 2010, Updated 9:35 a.m. ET

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The captivating reality show Hoarders takes viewers into the homes of obsessive collectors and recently featured a man who has a prison record, a felony assault conviction and is a registered sex offender RadarOnline.com has learned.  

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The man was featured as Patrick Donovan Flanagan O’Shannahan, but is actually a 65-year-old felon named Roger Sisson and his rap sheet includes felony and misdemeanor violations, as was first reported by The Smoking Gun.

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While on Hoarders, Sisson showcased a doll collection that he claimed was worth more than $50,000 and said, “I’m addicted to beauty. I like beautiful women, flowers. Yes, that is my addiction.”

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Sisson reportedly created a fake story for the show saying he had a celebrated military career and was awarded multiple medals. 

The disturbed man was convicted in 1981 of an attempted sex attack on an 18-year-old Eastern Michigan University student when he was 35-years-old and served more than three years in prison.

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Court and police records state that Sisson attacked the teenager after he treated her and three friends to a dinner that he paid for with a $321 check, which bounced.  After driving the group home he told the girl he would take her to her boyfriend’s dorm.

The woman gave a handwritten statement to police where she said he stopped the car and “said that he wanted me.”  He drove to the end of the street and grabbed her hand and bent her fingers back.  “He told me several times to take my pants off,” the student said.

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After biting his hand until it bled she said “he reached for my throat to strangle me” and she escaped, running until she got into a car with a female driver who locked the doors as Sisson ran towards their car. 

Sisson admitted to authorities that he grabbed her “by the hand and squeezed her fingers and told her to take her pants off.” 

The registered sex offender has been arrested six times since 1994 for offenses such as fraud, trespassing, violating his probation and aggravated battery on a person over 65-years-old.

The Smoking Gun notes that at the time of the arrest a felony warrant for sexual assault had been issued for him in adjoining Oakland County, but the case records have not yet been retrieved.   

A deleted scene from Sisson’s appearance on the A&E show is available here.

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