New Marlborough man pleads guilty in multiple rapes of two girls


PITTSFIELD — A New Marlborough man has pleaded guilty to a dozen sexual assault charges in connection with rapes of two girls dating back to the early 1990s.

Eric J. Cohen, 57, was released on $27,500 bail, pending his sentencing hearing in Berkshire Superior Court next week.

The charges to which he pleaded, are spread out among two different cases.

In the older case, Cohen admitted to sexually assaulting a girl between January 1992 and May 1994, beginning when she was approximately 11. The victim in that case is now 34, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's office.

Those assaults took place in North Adams.

In the more recent case, Cohen admitted to raping a girl between September 2012 and January 2014, beginning when she was 15. The victim in that case is now 18, according to the DA's office. Those assaults took place in New Marlborough.

In all, Cohen pleaded guilty before Judge John Agostini to four counts each of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by an age difference and rape of a child with force, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, and one count each of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and assault with intent to commit rape upon a child.

Cohen's sentencing is scheduled for 3 p.m, July 12.

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

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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