Eagleton indictment tally reaches 17


PITTSFIELD — A 17th former staff member at Eagleton School has been indicted by a Berkshire grand jury and arraigned on charges connected to the abuse scandal which closed the facility earlier this year.

Juan Lopez-Lucas, 34, of Pittsfield, was arraigned Monday in Berkshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini.

He pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault and battery on a disabled person and one count of caretaker abuse on a disabled person.

Lopez-Lucas is alleged to have assaulted a student on July 11, 2013.

He was released on his own recognizance, on the condition he have no contact with the alleged victim.

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.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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