18th Eagleton School staffer charged with abuse

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PITTSFIELD — The number of former Eagleton School staff members indicted on charges connected to the abuse scandal which closed the school has risen to 18.

Ishmael Lytle, 27, of Pittsfield is the latest to appear in Berkshire Superior Court for arraignment.

Lytle entered not guilty pleas Tuesday before Judge John Agostini to charges of assault and battery on a disabled person and caretaker abuse on a disabled person.

Lytle is accused of assaulting a student on Feb. 20, 2013.

He was released on his own recognizance.

The allegations of abuse at the Great Barrington-based school for boys and young men with special needs prompted a multi-agency raid in January, which involved about 50 law enforcement officers.

The school shut down for good in mid-April after the state revoked its license to operate. Former staffers face a variety of charges from assault and battery to witness intimidation and caretaker abuse.

A civil suit against the school and some of its staff members was filed in early August.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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