STOCKBRIDGE -- Town officials remain silent on when former employee Scott Muir will get his job back.

But a group of citizens are hoping he doesn't.

Muir, 39, was found not guilty on Jan. 28 in Superior Court of 19 counts of sexual abuse in connection with incidents allegedly involving five local women, who were between the ages of 8-10 at the time.

In the wake of those alleged incidents, Muir was suspended without pay by the town on May 19, 2012. On Monday, the selectmen announced Muir would be refunded a total of $83,600 in back pay.

Muir had been the town's Emer-
gency Management Coordinator and the facilities manager at the town offices before his suspension.

The incidents of which he was accused were alleged to have happened when he was working for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District as the Student Center Support Coordinator.

The acquittals have galvanized many in the community. There is a Facebook page in support of the victims, called "We Believe You" with about 650 "likes"; a candlelight vigil, also in support of the women, drew more than 70 men and women a week ago Sunday.

Muir's attorney, William Rota, said earlier this week that Muir plans to return to his jobs.

On Friday, town manager Jorja-Ann P. Marsden declined comment when asked if there was a timeline for the selectmen to decide on Muir's reinstatement.


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Also on Friday, local activist Gabrielle Senza said a petition is circulating, requesting the town to not rehire Muir.

Senza acknowledged that the request would have no legal standing.

"We're hoping to sway town officials not to hire someone who, even if he was found not guilty, admitted he acted inappropriately with young girls," she said.

Senza is referring to Muir's testimony in Superior Court that he allowed young girls to sit on his lap, even after told not to do so.

She said there are about 380 signatures on the document.

One legal source, who asked not to be identified because he was not involved with the case, said he believed the town would have no choice but to rehire Muir, if that is what he wishes. A settlement was also a possibility, he said.

"The slate is clean," he said of Muir's case. "This is, in the eyes of the law, an innocent man. Clearly, the community is upset, and clearly, some people have a problem with the verdict but legally, the gentleman is entitled to his job."

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