Pittsfield man gets prison time for failing to register as sex offender


SPRINGFIELD — A 37-year-old Pittsfield man with multiple rape convictions was sentenced in U.S. District Court Friday to two years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

Anthony Robertson pleaded guilty in May to one count of failing to register. In addition to prison time, Robertson faces eight years of supervised release after his sentence, according to the office of U.S Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.

Robertson, who has been in custody since February 2018 on another matter, was convicted of rape twice, once in 2001 and again in 2006, according to the statement from Lelling's office.

In 2014, Robertson was convicted in a New York state court of failing to register as a sex offender.

In May 2017, Robertson moved from New York to Pittsfield and was told a month later by a New York detective that he was wanted in that state for again failing to register as a sex offender.

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Robertson never turned himself in or registered as a sex offender until after he was arrested in August 2017 on unrelated drug and firearm charges.

Those local charges stemmed from a Berkshire County Drug Task Force investigation into Robertson's alleged crack cocaine sales and resulted in Robertson pleading not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court last November to charges of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute (second offense), being an armed career felon, illegal possession of a large capacity magazine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card and improper storage of a firearm.

He was also arrested in Connecticut in November 2015 in connection with a nonfatal Halloween shooting of a Pittsfield man, but those charges were later dismissed.

A message left for Robertson's attorney, Elaine Pourinski, Friday afternoon after business hours was not immediately returned.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.


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