Probation for Adams man who assaulted intoxicated woman

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PITTSFIELD >> An Adams man who admitted to taking advantage of an intoxicated woman after driving her to his home from a bar in 2013 was given a suspended sentence and probation Friday.

William F. Knapp Jr., 39, was drinking at an Adams bar on Nov. 27, 2013, when the woman arrived with her boyfriend, who left following an argument, according to Fist Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello.

Knapp, who was described as a long-time acquaintance of the woman, offered to drive her home after she continued to drink and became intoxicated to the point the bartender refused to continue serving her.

Instead of driving to the woman's home, Knapp took her to his home and let her sleep on his bed.

The woman awoke to Knapp assaulting her and, according to Caccaviello, awoke in the midst and was too drunk to protest while she faded in and out of consciousness.

She later went to the hospital to have sexual assault testing performed, which recovered a DNA sample.

Knapp initially denied having any sexual contact with the woman, but a sample of his DNA matched the sample recovered from the woman during the examination.

He was indicted on a charge of rape, but he pleaded to the lesser included charge of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.

Judge John Agostini sentenced Knapp to two years in jail, but suspended it for three years, during which time Knapp will be on probation.

While on probation, Knapp must attend whatever counseling the Probation Department deems appropriate, submit to GPS monitoring and no contact of any kind with the victim.

The sentencing recommendation was the result of an agreement between the prosecution and defense.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Adams Police Department.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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