Pittsfield sex offender back in custody after missing assault trial date
PITTSFIELD -- A level 3 sex offender is back in custody after failing to show up for trial on charges he hit girlfriend with a frying pan and stole from an 84-year-old man.
Eric Lefavour, of Pittsfield, was brought into Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday on three warrants following his arrest Tuesday afternoon after a traffic stop by the Pittsfield police.
Lefavour, whose age was not available, was supposed to go on trial last December for charges that included assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and receiving stolen property valued at more than $250 stemming from two separate cases.
Lefavour threw a frying pan at a 28-year-old woman that struck her in the leg during a domestic dispute last April, according to police and prosecutors. He also kicked the dishwasher, shattering some glasses inside and then threw the shards at the woman, police said.
The complaining witness didn't have any visible injuries and didn't seek medical attention, according to a probable cause report.
Just a month earlier, Lefavour was charged with a felony in connection with the theft of more than $25,000 worth of silver items from the home of an 85-year-old man. Lefavour allegedly sold the stolen items to a precious metal resale business in Pittsfield.
Police say Lefavour's girlfriend, Stephanie Bullett, who was working as a home health care worker for the complaining witness, was also in on the scheme.
Bullet was convicted in January on a charge of larceny from a building and is on probation until January 2015, according to information provided by the clerk's office.
She allegedly told police Lefavour is a heroin addict and had stolen from her in the past.
Lefavour also failed to register as sex offender and has been out of compliance since last October, police said.
He is a level 3 sex offender, considered by the state as being the most likely to re-offend and must register his address with the police annually or when he moves. He was convicted of rape and abuse of a child and indecent assault and battery on a person under 14 in 2000.
Lefavour appeared before Judge Paul M. Vrabel on Wednesday and denied the failure to register charge.
He has previously denied the other charges he is facing.
"These are serious charges," said Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert Royce, when asking the court to set bail at $1,500 on each of dockets.
Lefavour's attorney, Marc C. Vincelette Sr., told the court "for what it's worth" his client registered as a sex offender Tuesday after his arrest. He said Lefavour told him he was married to the woman in the domestic abuse case. The lawyer said he believes his client's wife would invoke her spousal privilege and not take the stand against Lefavour.
When Vincelette suggested $100 bail for his client, Vrabel said higher bail was in order since the defendant failed to show up for trial.
The judge ordered Lefavour held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction in lieu of a total of $1,550 cash or $15,500 surety bail. He is due back in court April 9.
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