PITTSFIELD -- A level 3 sex offender who allegedly failed to register his address the day he was released from jail for the same crime is being held on $5,000 bail.
Raymond Yetz, 60, of Pittsfield, was supposed to go to straight to the Pittsfield Police station after his release from jail in October 2013 on a conviction of failing to register as a sex offender, but he never showed up and was out of compliance with the law for three months until his arrest that December, police said.
A level 3 offender means the state believes he is at a high risk to re-offend. He is required by law to register his address with police for life.
He was out on personal recognizance before his arraignment set for Tuesday, but when he failed to show up Judge Daniel A. Ford issued a warrant for his arrest. Yetz was picked up by police Tuesday night.
He pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to a single count of failure to register as a sex offender as a subsequent offense.
Yetz’s attorney, Raymond J. Jacoub, told the court this case "illustrates" the problems of the offenders who have mental health issues or are sometimes homeless in regard to the registration law.
He said Yetz has very bad memory problems which has been the reason for his failure to comply and on other occasions has been homeless. He said his client is currently in compliance with the law. He asked that he be released on personal recognizance.
Yetz said he was never served a summons to appear in court.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke told the court Yetz has a three-page record, including rape charges from 1994, for which he was sentenced to serve between 10 and 15 years in prison. He said he had a record of failing to comply with court orders and has been convicted three other times on the same charge. He asked for $5,000 bail.
Ford ordered Yetz held on $5,000 bail at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.
Conviction on failing to register as a subsequent offense carries a five-year state prison sentence.
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