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5 school employees plead not guilty in abuse case

February 2, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Five employees charged in connection with emotional and physical abuse allegations at a Massachusetts residential school that treats boys and young men with behavioral problems have pleaded not guilty.

The Eagleton School staffers were arraigned Monday morning in Southern Berkshire District Court and released on their own recognizance.

One employee is charged with intimidating a witness and obstructing justice. The other four are charged with assault and battery on a disabled person and other separate offenses.

The arraignment comes after dozens of local, state and federal authorities searched the Great Barrington school over the weekend.

Eagleton is a private residential school for boys and young men with autism and other behavioral disorders or learning disabilities.

Pretrial hearings for all five cases are scheduled for March 10.

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