Wednesday November 14, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Scott Muir, the former guidance counselor accused of molesting young students while employed at the Stockbridge Plain School, is scheduled to go to trial in September 2013.

Muir, 37, of Stockbridge, is facing 20 charges, including multiple counts of rape of a child with force and indecent assault and battery of a person under 14, for the alleged sexual abuse of five young girls while he was employed by the Berk shire Hills Regional School District.

On Tuesday, a final pretrial hearing was scheduled for August 2013 in Berkshire Superior Court with the case being placed on the next month’s trial list.

Muir was employed at the school from 2002 until the school was closed in 2007 as a student center support coordinator. His responsibilities included controlling student behavior and improving student self-esteem, as well as supervising children in the cafeteria and playground. He was laid off due to restructuring within the district.

Police allege Muir abused two of the girls, who were 10 at the time, in 2004. Also, a girl who is now 17 claims she was molested by Muir between Aug. 1, 2003, and June 30, 2004.

A fourth girl, now 16, alleges she was raped by Muir in his office multiple times between 2003 and 2005. A fifth teen alleges Muir abused her between Aug. 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006.

Muir, who is free on $10,000 bail, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is looking forward to his day in court, according to his attorney, William A. Rota.

There is also a pending civil case against Muir and the Berkshire Hills Regional School District brought by lawyers for four of the alleged victims.

Andrew Amelinckx
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