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Michael Clancy of South Hadley pleads not guilty to failing to register as a sex offender

NORTHAMPTON — A 55-year-old convicted Level 3 sex offender Tuesday denied charges he kept police in the dark about his employment status for about six years.

Michael Clancy, of 73 School St., South Hadley pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to one count of failure to register as a sex offender (subsequent offense).

Judge Daniel A. Ford released him on his own recognizance, with the condition that he report to the probation department on a weekly basis. Clancy is due back in court on Jan. 30, for a pre-trial hearing.

Clancy’s attorney, Joan Williams of Springfield, told Ford her client came to court willingly, has no history of missing court appearances, and was already released on his own recognizance when he was arraigned on the matter in Eastern Hampshire District Court.

“There’s no indication he doesn’t obey court orders,” Williams said.

According to information Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Christine Tetreault presented in court, Clancy has annually verified his address with South Hadley police as required since at least 2002.

Tetreault said when police tried to contact Clancy at home to set up an appointment to confirm his registration in August 2012, his mother said he was at work and couldn’t take calls.

Police had been told by Clancy that he was self-employed and worked out of his home, Tetreault said.

Police interviewed Clancy, who allegedly admitted he had been working at Yankee Candle on a part-time basis since May 2012, having been placed there through a temporary employment agency.

Police contacted the agency and learned that Clancy had allegedly been placed by that agency at eleven different assignments since 2006.

According to Tetreault, Clancy never reported working at any of those jobs to police as required.

In court documents, Tetreault called Clancy’s failure to report his employment status as “deliberate and ongoing effort to conceal his employment from authorities.”

In court records, Tetreault said Clancy has a history of “violent predatory behavior” toward young women he does not know.

Clancy’s sex offender status was established after being convicted in 1987 for attacking a woman in the Holyoke Community College parking lot. He was sentenced to 7½ to 15 years in prison, according to court papers.

He also received a 4½- to 5-year sentence on charges of attempted kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon from a 1985 incident and a 1984 conviction for assault and battery, according to court files.

He has a previous conviction for failure to register as a sex offender in Eastern Hampshire District Court in April 2008.

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