Saturday December 8, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 25-year-old accused of inappropriately touching two young girls was released on personal recognizance on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court after pleading not guilty to four charges.

According to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, Anthony Hoyt of Pittsfield kissed and fondled two girls, ages 12 and 13, on several occasions in September.

Additionally, there were more than 100 Facebook messages between Hoyt and the younger girl, in which he admitted touching her and acknowledged he knew she was only 12, said the DA’s office.

On Friday, Hoyt pleaded not guilty to four charges of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14.

Prosecutor Mary-Elizabeth Mack asked the court to set bail at $5,000 based on Hoyt’s criminal record and to ensure the safety of the two alleged victims, and because of Hoyt’s lack of a residence.

According to Mack, while Hoyt listed a John Street address as his residence, he told the Probation Department he was homeless and had recently been living in the cemetery.

Attorney Nathaniel K. Green told the court that his client always showed up for court and had long-standing ties to the community.

The lawyer said that when Hoyt learned the Pittsfield Police were looking for him he contacted them.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg released Hoyt on personal recognizance but ordered him to stay away from the alleged victims and have no contact with them, including through Facebook.