STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Stockbridge Select Board has approved $83,600 in back pay and benefits to a former town employee who was acquitted of charges that he sexually assaulted five girls while working in town elementary schools.

The board announced the payout for Scott Muir at its Monday meeting.

The back pay, transferred from the town's reserve fund, covers the period from May 19, 2012, when Muir was suspended, through last Thursday.

The 39-year-old Muir was cleared last month of charges that he assaulted girls between the ages of 8 and 10 from 2003 until 2006 while a school counselor. He also worked as the town's emergency management director and town offices facilities manager.

His attorney tells The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/1csybnA ) he intends to ask for reinstatement to those jobs.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com