PITTSFIELD -- A Level 3 sex offender who was arrested by police at the city nursing home where he was living pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge of failing to register as a sex offender and was released on personal recognizance.
Police say 59-year-old Thomas Dewey failed to let law enforcement officials know where he was living, a requirement he is supposed to abide by as a sex offender, and misled them when they attempted to verify his current whereabouts.
Dewey, considered by the state to be at a "high risk" to reoffend, was convicted in 1995 of child rape with force and indecent assault and battery on a person under 15.
Pittsfield Police began looking into where he was living in January after it was allegedly determined he had been living in Pittsfield without telling police. His last address was in the Springfield area, according to a police report. When contacted he said he had been staying with family in Pittsfield, but had returned to Springfield and would soon be living in a nursing home there, according to a police report.
Police later discovered he was living at Rosewood Assisted Living facility on Onota Street and had been there for about a month.
Dewey has various medical ailments and is listed on the police report as being disabled. He was arrested and brought to court on Thursday, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor and was released by Judge Robert S. Murphy Jr.
Dewey, represented by attorney Dean R. Manuel, is expected back in court March 18.
His current address has been updated on the state sex offender registry.