PITTSFIELD -- A former security guard at an exclusive South County health spa admitted to sufficient facts for a finding of guilt on Monday to charges that he made a bomb threat and intentionally set a fire at the resort last year.
Miles Arnspiger, 24, of Pittsfield, reported to Lenox Police in May 2012 that he had discovered a handwritten letter that contained a bomb threat targeting Canyon Ranch resort in Lenox, where he was employed as a security guard, according to prosecutors. Lenox police later concluded, based on handwriting analysis, that Arnspiger had authored the note himself.
Less than three months later, in August, Arnspiger set a fire in a woodshed on the resort property using pine needles and a lighter and then assisted in putting the fire out, police said.
According to First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello, the fire was very small and only caused about $10 worth of damage.
At the time, Arnspiger allegedly told police he had seen three youths in the area just before the fire began.
On Monday in Berkshire Superior Court, Arnspiger pleaded to facts sufficient for a finding of guilt on charges of burning a building and making a bomb threat. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 9.
Caccaviello told the court that at that time his office and defense attorney Nathaniel K. Green, representing Arnspiger, would be asking that the case be continued without a finding of guilt for five years. This means that Arnspiger wouldn't have the two felony convictions on his record if he stays out of trouble during that time.
Arnspiger's probation conditions would include 100 hours of community service and a letter of apology to the resort. He also would have to continue to go to mental health counseling and take any prescribed medications.
The prosecutor also asked the court to order a mental health evaluation prior to the sentencing, with the possibility that there could be added conditions based on the evaluation's results.
Arnspiger told Judge John A. Agostini that he had been diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder.
Green requested a review of the case after three years, with the possibility that his client's probation could be terminated early.
Arnspiger remains free pending sentencing.
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