Former Eagleton School staffers plead not guilty to assault charges

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PITTSFIELD — Three more former staff members of the Eagleton School appeared in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday amid accusations they abused students while employed there.

Two other former staff members were arraigned Monday on charges connected to the case and more arraignments are expected this week and part of next.

Juan Lopez-Lucas, 34, of Pittsfield, and Peter H. Meadow, 51, and Brian Puntin, both of Lenox, all entered not guilty pleas to their respective charges before Judge Daniel Ford and were all released on their own recognizance on the condition they have no contact with the alleged victims.

The charges stem from an investigation following a multi-agency raid of the Great Barrington campus of the school for boys and young men with special needs.

The abuse allegations ultimately led to the school's closure earlier this month.

Lopez-Lucas pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a disabled person and caretaker abuse on a disabled person for allegedly assaulting a student in August 2015.

Meadow pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a disabled person and caretaker abuse on a disabled person for allegedly assaulting a student in December 2015.

Puntin pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery on a disabled person and caretaker abuse on a disabled person for allegedly assaulting a student in September 2015.

All three men are due back in court for pretrial hearings on September 29.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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