PITTSFIELD -- A city man who was recently in the news for allegedly stealing an exotic bird from a pet shop pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court to failing to register as a sex offender, a charge he has faced twice before.
Charles L. Williamson Jr., who police say uses the alias Mark Durant, is a Level 3 sex offender, a designation the state gives for those considered at the highest risk to re-offend.
Williamson, 52, of Perrine Avenue, was convicted in 1985 of single counts of rape and abuse of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.
On Thursday, he appeared before Judge John A. Agostini and pleaded not guilty to the single felony of failure to register as a sex offender as a subsequent offense. The crime carries a conviction of no less than five years in prison.
Williamson allegedly failed to register between Dec. 18 and Jan. 13.
He was held on $5,000 bail by agreement between Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Marianne Shelvey and Williamson’s attorney, David Pixley.
Pixley said his client was already being held on a district court matter.
In that case, Williamson was charged with larceny over $250 and animal cruelty after he allegedly walked out of the Petco on Merrill Road on Jan. 2 with a female sun conure named Clementine.
The South American parrot is worth $600, according to court documents. Police searched for the bird for two days after receiving reports of a man attempting to sell a bird at several bars. The bird was recovered.
Williamson has pleaded not guilty to those charges and is being held on $1,000 cash or $ 10,000 bail bond.
Both cases were investigated by the Pittsfield Police Department.
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