Muir facing 4 new abuse charges

Tuesday July 3, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Two more teenage females have leveled allegations that Scott Muir, a former counselor at the former Stockbridge Plain School, sexually assaulted them several years ago. In April, three other young women made similar allegations.

On Monday in Berkshire Superior Court, Muir pleaded not guilty to four new charges of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14. He remains out on $10,000 cash bail.

"He denies the allegations and looks forward to his day in court," his attorney William A. Rota told The Eagle.

In May, Muir, 37, of Church Street, Stock bridge, pleaded not guilty to 16 charges, including multiple counts of rape of a child with force and indecent assault and battery of a person under 14, for allegedly molesting three young girls while he worked for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District. Police and prosecutors said the abuse of two of the girls, who were both 10 years old at the time, occurred in 2004. The third, now 16, was raped by Muir in his office multiple times between 2003 and 2005, police said.

Muir was employed at the school from 2002 to 2007 as a student center support coordinator. His responsibilities included controlling student behavior and improving student self-esteem, as well as supervising children in the cafeteria and playground. He was laid off due to restructuring within the district.

In the newest allegations, the two teens came forward as part of an ongoing police investigation, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. They also allege they were abused by Muir at the school.

A now 17-year-old said she was molested by Muir between Aug. 1, 2003, and June 30, 2004. The other teen, now 15, said the crimes against her were committed between Aug. 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006.

The investigation was conducted by state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office.

On Monday, Judge John A. Agostini said that Muir must stay away from the two teens and their families. Muir was also told to refrain from having any "caretaking role with children under 16."

Muir has been on unpaid leave from his position as captain of the Stockbridge Fire Department since June 1, according to Town Administrator Jorja Ann P. Marsden.

He was indefinitely suspended without pay by the Select Board from his positions as the town's facilities manager and emergency management director. The decision was made by the board in executive session on May 17 and went into effect on May 19.

If Muir isn't found guilty of any of the charges, he will be entitled to having his suspension lifted and receiving back pay compensation.

Muir is also a member of the Board of Health, but he can't be suspended from it because he is an elected member. His term of service is set to expire in 2014.


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