Friday September 7, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- An Adams man, who was given time served and a year of probation in May after pleading guilty to the rape of a former girlfriend, was sentenced to a year in jail for violating that probation.

On Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court, Fred O. Greer admitted he had used cocaine and marijuana while on probation, violating one of the conditions he agreed to abide by a little more than three months ago.

On May 23, Greer pleaded guilty to single counts of rape and indecent assault and battery for sexually assaulting a now 56-year-old woman in April 2011.

Greer, who has learning disabilities, was sentenced to a year and a day in jail, though he had served more than that awaiting the conclusion of the case, as well as a year of probation. His probation conditions included drug testing, GPS monitoring, staying away from the victim, and having to register as a sex offender.

That sentence was partly based on the prosecution’s shaky case which they admitted could have ended in a not guilty verdict had it gone to trial.

According to the Probation Department, in addition to testing positive for drugs Greer had also gotten on a bus the victim was riding on twice in one day, which frightened the woman who is still scared of Greer.

On Wednesday, Judge John A. Agostini ordered Greer to serve a year at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction. Following his incarceration, he will be off probation.

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