Friday May 25, 2012

STOCKBRIDGE -- Scott Muir has been indefinitely suspended from two of his town jobs following his arraignment on multiple charges from allegations he sexually assaulted three pre-teen students while he working for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.

Muir, 36, of Church Street, was suspended without pay by the Select Board from his positions as the town's facilities manager and emergency management director. The decision was made by the board in executive session on May 17 and went into effect on May 19.

In a letter addressed to Muir, the board wrote that his suspension was based on his "indictment for misconduct" in his "prior public employment" by Berkshire Hills.

Two days before the Select Board vote, Muir was arraigned in Berk shire Superior Court on 16 counts -- including three counts each of rape of a child with force and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 -- connected with alleged activities at the former Stockbridge Plain School be tween 2003 and 2005. Muir worked as a student center support coordinator for the school district between 2002 and 2007. The school has since been converted to the Town Offices.

The Select Board placed Muir on paid administrative leave in April after news of his arrest first broke.

Muir remains on paid administrative leave from his position as a captain on the Fire De partment, though the department is assessing that status, according to Town Administrator Jorja Ann P. Marsden. Fire Chief "Chuckie" Cardillo Jr. didn't immediately return calls for comment for this report.

Muir is also a member of the Board of Health, but can't be suspended from it because he is an elected member, according to Marsden, who wasn't certain if the part-time board has met since April.

Muir was slated to make a combined $48,370 this year for his various town positions.

Muir's attorney, William Rota, didn't immediately return calls for comment.

Select Board Chairwoman Deborah McMenamy stood by the letter, but declined to comment further.

The letter to Muir cites state law allowing for unpaid suspension of appointed public em ployees facing indictment. Employees suspended under this statute can't use the suspension period toward any future benefits, including vacation time, seniority rights or retirement benefits. If Muir isn't found guilty of any of the charges, he will be entitled to having his suspension lifted and receiving back compensation.

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In brief ...

What: Stockbridge public official Scott Muir has been suspended without pay as facilities manager and emergency
management director.

Why: The Select Board, in an executive session May 17, decided to suspend him based on his ‘indictment for misconduct' in his ‘prior public employment' by Berkshire Hills Regional School District.