Friday September 28, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 42-year-old man pleaded guilty on Thursday to indecent assault and battery and was given a suspended sentence and will likely have to register as a sex offender.

Against the advice of his attorney, John Acor, of Pittsfield, changed his plea to guilty and admitted to groping a 17-year-old in August while she was asleep.

Acor's attorney, Alexander Sohn, told the court he had advised his client to take the matter to trial, believing they had a strong case, but Acor insisted on pleading Thursday in order to be with his family.

Acor, who has been held in jail on bail for more than a month, received time served, plus a five-month suspended sentence with a year of probation. He must also report to the state Sex Offender Registry Board, stay away from the victim, and may not have contact with anyone under the age of 16 without supervision, among other conditions.

Sohn asked that his client have his case continued without a finding of guilt for a year.

Judge Michael J. Ripps instead went with prosecutor Rachael Eramo's request for the suspended sentence. Eramo said the victim had been consulted on the prosecution's sentencing request.

The victim did not speak in court but gave the judge a written victim impact statement that was not read aloud.

Acor also pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license as a subsequent offense in an unrelated case, also from August, and was given time served.


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