NORTH ADAMS -- A level 3 sex offender is charged with raping a child in the North Adams Public Library last week.
James L. Coty, 56, of Rand Street in North Adams, allegedly threatened to stab a 15-year-old boy unless the boy let Coty perform oral sex on him in the library’s third-floor bathroom.
If convicted, it would be a subsequent offense for Coty. Court documents state that he has a "long record of sex offenses."
According to police documents, Coty allegedly struck up a conversation with the victim in the early evening of March 16 in the library and then followed him outside. There, he threatened the victim and brought him to the bathroom where he forced the boy to let him perform oral sex on him. After the attack, Coty allegedly handed the victim a piece of paper with his name and phone number on it.
When the victim reported the attack to police, he described his attacker as "short, stocky, having a scruffy beard and having no top teeth." Police used the phone number to track Coty down through his sex offender registry information and then showed the victim Coty’s photograph. The victim identified him as his attacker.
Police located Coty on Union Street in North Adams and arrested him. Coty was charged with rape of a child by force, subsequent offense, last Tuesday in Northern Berkshire District Court. Bail was set at $40,000 cash or $400,000 bond due to the nature of the offense, the potential penalty he faces and his record of convictions. Coty is being held in the Berkshire County House of Corrections and has been ordered to have no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with any person under 17-years-old. Should Coty post bail for release, he will be monitored by a Global Positioning System upon release.
Coty has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for April 13.
Last year, Coty pleaded guilty to two counts of enticing a child under the age of 16 and two counts of damage to a school building. He admitted making lewd comments to a then-14-year-old boy in North Adams on Sept. 27 and Sept. 29, 2006.