PITTSFIELD -- A Level 3 sex offender was arraigned and released on Thursday in Central Berkshire District Court after his arrest by Pittsfield Police on a warrant that he failed to tell authorities he had moved.
Chester K. Brazee, 49, of Pittsfield, was arrested Wednesday and charged with failure to register, a misdemeanor. In court, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office did not ask for bail or conditions in the case and Judge Charles W. Groce III released Brazee on personal recognizance.
According to police, Brazee moved and never told police or the state Sex Offender Registry Board where he had gone.
He allegedly told a Department of Children and Families worker that he "didn't have to register and [had] already reported his move." DCF contacted the registry board, which then contacted Pittsfield Police.
Police went to Brazee's last known address on Nov. 20 and learned hadn't been living there for several months, according to court documents.
He was arrested at a Robbins Avenue residence where he had been living, according to police.
Brazee's offender status stems from a 1981 conviction for rape and abuse of a child when he was 17 years old.
It was originally presented as a non-forcible gang rape of a 15-year-old girl who had been drinking, and the other two defendants who were charged with the crime were found not guilty at trial, according to Eagle records.
Brazee took a plea deal and was sentenced to 18 months in jail. He was later determined by the state to be a Level 3 offender, and as such he must register his address with authorities for life. A Level 3 offender is considered by the state to be at a high risk to re-offend, and as such "a substantial public safety interest is served by active community notification."
A conviction for failing to register his new address carries a jail sentence of at least six months in jail and up to five years in state prison.
Brazee, represented by attorney Robert D. Sullivan Jr., is scheduled to be back in court next month.