Tuesday December 11, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 21-year-old city man who allegedly an ex-girlfriend with a leather belt and forged checks stolen from his parents pleaded not guilty to 60 charges on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court and was released on personal recognizance.

Christopher Maschino Jr. of Lakeview Street was brought to court for two separate cases, one related to a November incident in which police said he stole more than $100 from an ex-girlfriend and then attacked her after she confronted him about it.

According to a Pittsfield Police report, Maschino knocked the woman to the ground and then hit her with a belt. Police said Maschino was aware that the woman may have been pregnant at the time.

He was charged with aggravated assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, felonies, and misdemeanor larceny under $250.

According to police, the woman was taken to the hospital, treated and released. Besides receiving a laceration where she was hit by the belt, police said she also twisted her ankle and hit her head when she was pushed to the ground.

In the second case, police said Maschino stole a number of checks from his parents, forged and then cashed them between September and November. He was charged with 38 felony counts of forgery and uttering a false check and 19 misdemeanor counts of larceny under $250.

On Tuesday, Judge Paul M. Vrabel released Maschino on his own recognizance.

Maschino, represented by attorney Michelle Mechta, is scheduled to be back in court in January for a pretrial hearing.