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Pittsfield Man Sentenced For Failing To Register As A Sex Offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Pittsfield man was sentenced in federal court in Springfield yesterday for failing to register as a sex offender.

Anthony Robertson, 37, was sentenced to two years in prison and eight years of supervised release. In May 2019, Robertson pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register as a sex offender. Robertson was arrested and charged in February 2018 and has been in custody since.

In 2001, Robertson was convicted of second degree rape, and in 2006, he was convicted of third degree rape. As a result, Robertson is required to register as a sex offender and has received many notices of his obligation to register. In 2014, he was convicted in a New York state court of failure to register as a sex offender. In approximately May 2017, Robertson traveled from New York to Pittsfield, where he established residence. In June 2017, Robertson was told by a New York detective that he was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender in New York, and was told to turn himself in. Robertson neither turned himself in, nor did he register as a sex offender in Massachusetts until after he was arrested on Aug. 25, 2017, on unrelated drug and firearm charges.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and John Gibbons, United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated January 4, 2021

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