PITTSFIELD -- A Level 3 sex offender who has been convicted three times for failing to register his address with police is facing the charge again, this time for allegedly failing to register the day he was released from jail for failing to register.
Raymond Yetz, 60, of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty Oct. 18 in Berkshire Superior Court to failure to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to six months in jail. Because he already served the time awaiting the outcome of the case, he was released from custody. According to Pittsfield Police, Yetz was supposed to go to the police station the same day to tell them where he would be living, but he never showed up.
Yetz was convicted of five counts of rape in 1994 and was designated a Level 3 offender, meaning the state believes he is at a high risk to reoffend. He is required by law to register his address with police for life.
According to a police report, Yetz is homeless. He has allegedly been out of compliance for about two months.
A warrant was issued for the newest charge and police arrested Yetz on Monday afternoon in the area of Second and Fenn streets. The next day he pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to a single count of felony failure to register. He was released on personal recognizance by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg. The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office did not request any bail in the case.
It was unclear whether Yetz’s charge would be amended to being a subsequent offense, which carries a stiffer penalty.
Yetz, represented by attorney Robert D. Sullivan Jr., is scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 13.
According to court records, besides his conviction in October, he was convicted of the same charge in 2010 and 2012.
For the second conviction, he was sentenced to a week in jail.
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