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Ex-school counselor cleared of sex assault charges is sued

June 24, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A former counselor at a Berkshire County school who was acquitted of sexually assaulting several elementary-school-age girls is now facing a lawsuit from one of his accusers.

The Republican newspaper (http://bit.ly/28RIaYH ) reports that the woman’s federal lawsuit names Scott Muir and the Berkshire Hills Regional School District as defendants. The suit makes a civil claim of assault and battery against Muir and alleges negligence, Title IX violations and sexual harassment on the part of the school.

Prosecutors alleged that Muir molested five girls from 2003 to 2006 while he worked as a student support center coordinator at the Stockbridge Plain School. He denied the allegations and was found not guilty of all 19 counts in 2012.

Efforts to reach Muir were unsuccessful and the school district did not return a call for comment.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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