WOONSOCKET – A convicted sex offender who is currently on probation for failure to notify authorities of a change of address was arrested Wednesday for the very same offense, which is a felony.
Jamie Britt, 33, was also free on bail from a pending felony assault charge lodged against him by the Smithfield police in December when he was taken into custody.
Britt’s requirement to keep police notified of his living arrangements dates back to his conviction for indecent assault on a minor in Massachusetts several years ago, police said. His Rhode Island record dates back to 2005 and includes several serious offenses for which he served jail time, including kidnapping and breaking and entering, according to the judiciary’s web site.
In September 2009, he pleaded no contest to Smithfield police on charges of failing to notify authorities of a change of address after being convicted of a sex offense. He was given a suspended sentence of three years, with probation, according to the judiciary’s Web site.
The last time he properly registered with authorities he gave an address on Whipple Road in Cumberland, according to police.
About two weeks ago, however, Britt’s name surfaced in a police report about a domestic assault that indicated he was living with his sister on Rathbun Street. The conflicting information somehow came to the attention of Britt’s probation officer, who asked the Woonsocket police to look into it.
Detective Lt. Adam Remick said that as a result of the investigation, police also learned that Britt was working at a liquor store in Blackstone, Mass., without obtaining the proper consent from his probation officer. Britt could face additional charges for that as well.
Britt, who has been known to use the aliases Eric Poulin and Jaime Britt, was ordered held without bail following his arraignment in District Court Thursday. In addition to the address notification offense, he faces possible prosecution as a probation or parole violator, police said.
In 1999, Britt was convicted on North Smithfield police charges of domestic assault and kidnapping and sentenced to serve 10 years at the ACI, with one to serve, and the balance suspended with probation. In September 2009, he was convicted on Smithfield police charges of breaking and entering and sentenced to 10 years, with three to serve.