Warrant issued for sex offender who allegedly failed to register


PITTSFIELD -- A warrant has been issued for a level 3 sex offender who allegedly failed to register his address with police the day he was released from jail for failing to register.

Raymond Yetz, 60, of Pittsfield, was scheduled to be arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender as a subsequent offense, but when he didn't show, Judge Daniel A. Ford ordered a warrant for his arrest.

Yetz pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court Oct. 18, 2013, 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. He was supposed to go straight to the Pittsfield Police station after his release to let them know where he would be living, but police say he never showed up and was out of compliance for several months.

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.

This is the fourth time he has been charged with failing to register. According to court records, he also was convicted of rape in 2010 and 2012.

For the second conviction, he was sentenced to a week in jail.

Yetz was scheduled to be arraigned on the charges last month but Yetz's lawyer, Raymond J. Jacoub, was unable to contact with him and because Yetz is sometimes homeless, there was a problem with serving him with a summons to appear in court. Because of this, the court held off on issuing a warrant at that time.

On Tuesday, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Rachael Eramo said Yetz's latest address is on Hamlin Street and that he was served a summons there.

On the state's sex offender registry board website, it appears that Yetz is once again in compliance, but he would still be on the hook for the charges since he was allegedly out of compliance for several months. He has been out on personal recognizance following his original arraignment on the charge in District Court.

Conviction on failing to register as a subsequent offense carries a five-year state prison sentence.

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