Two Eagleton staffers indicted, arraigned
PITTSFIELD — Two more former staff members of the Eagleton School have been indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court amid allegations of student abuse.
Michael T. Bell, 44, of Watervliet, N.Y., and Alexis A. Lopez, 23, of Pittsfield, were arraigned on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively on their charges.
That makes at least 10 staff members of the now-closed school for boys and young men with special needs who have been arraigned in Superior Court.
At least two more arraignments are expected in the near future.
Bell pleaded not guilty to one count of assault and battery on a disabled person and Lopez pleaded not guilty to seven counts of assault and battery on a disabled person, six counts of caretaker abuse on a disabled person and one count of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury.
Both men were released on their own recognizance on the condition they have no contact with the alleged victims in their cases.
The school shut down for good in mid-April after the state revoked its license to operate amid the abuse allegations.
Those allegations began to come to light following a multi-agency raid involving about 50 law enforcement officers in January.
Former staffers face a variety of charges from assault and battery to witness intimidation and caretaker abuse.
Pretrial hearings in the cases have been set for Sept. 29.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.
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