Pittsfield Man Pleads Guilty to 6 Counts of Raping a Child

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Monday, Nov. 20 Dean Giftos, age 48 of Pittsfield, pled guilty to 2 counts of Rape of a Child with Force and 4 counts of Rape of a Child, Aggravated by Age Difference.
 
Judge Agostini sentenced Giftos to 7 to 10 years in prison for the Rape with Force charges and 3 years' probation from and after for the Aggravated Rape charges.  During his probation, Giftos must have no contact with the victim, have no unsupervised contact with minors, and he must attend sex offender treatment.  Should he violate his probation, he is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. 
 
According to a report from the district attorney's office, Giftos sexually assaulted a child for a period spanning approximately nine to ten years. The two charges (Rape of a Child, Aggravated by Age Difference and Rape of a Child with Force) are due to the age of the child during the time of the assaults. The aggravated charges stem from sexual assaults that took place before the child turned 12. The investigation began when the defendant made a confession without a prior investigation.  During an investigation prompted by Giftos' confession, he made a similar confession to a Pittsfield Police Department detective.
 
The victim submitted a victim impact statement which was read prior to sentencing.  The victim is satisfied with the result of the case.
 
Assistant District Attorney Andrew Giarolo represented the Commonwealth. Victim Witness Advocates Carmen Guevara and Ian Benoit served on behalf of the District Attorney's Office. The Pittsfield Police Department acted as the lead law enforcement agency.
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Pittsfield Firefighters Snuff Cellar Blaze

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters extinguished a fire in a West Housatonic Street in about 20 minutes. 
 
The blaze started near a dryer but the cause was being investigated.
 
The department responded to the call of smoke in a building at about 12:23 p.m. on Sunday. Upon arrival, firefighters found a light smoke showing from the front and back of the building. 
 
The found an active fire in the basement of the 2 1/2-story, wood-frame structure at 92 West Housatonic, which is being rented as a single-family occupancy.
 
Engine 1 crew advanced a 1 3/4-inch hose to the rear of the building, entered the bulkhead access to the cellar, and conducted suppression activities. Engine 3 crew conducted a primary search of the building. Engine 6 secured a water supply to E1 and Tower 1 ventilated the building. Engine 5 responded as the Rapid
Intervention Team for firefighter safety.
 
The fire was under control and extinguished in 20 minutes. At the time of this writing there were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. 
 
Fire damage was confined to the laundry area in the cellar with the dryer unit, clothing, and household cleaning supplies sustaining damage. There was minimal smoke damage with the entire building being ventilated in short order.
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