Robert Colpitts was convicted in 1987 of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under the Age of Fourteen. At that time he was eighteen years old. Now, at the age of forty one Colpitts is obligated under the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Laws to register as a sex offender. Authorities claim that he did not. Consequently, he has been charged with Failing to Register as a Sex Offender. Bail was set in the amount of one thousand dollars in the Marlborough District Court. Inasmuch as this is not the first time this happened Colpitts is being charged with a Subsequent Offense. Court records indicate that he was convicted of this crime back in 2005.
Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Laws
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 6 Section 178H requires anyone who has been convicted of certain Sex Crimes in Massachusetts to register as a sex offender. There is also a requirement that the offender verify registration at certain times and provide notice of any change of address. Failure to do so subjects an offender to six months in the house or correction and up to five years in state prison if convicted for a violation of this law. Second and subsequent offenders face a five year minimum state prison sentence. That crime must be prosecuted in the Superior Court. Here, if the prosecution does not break the case down to a first offense it must indict to the Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn where Colpitts will be prosecuted. These laws are very unforgiving and require the services of an Experienced Massachusetts Sex Offense Lawyer.
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