Ex-school worker acquitted of sex assault charges

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A former counselor at a Stockbridge elementary school who had been charged with sexually assaulting five young girls has been acquitted of all charges.

Scott Muir was found not guilty Tuesday by a Berkshire Superior Court jury of 19 counts, including child rape.

Prosecutors allege the 39-year-old Muir assaulted the girls between the ages of 8 and 10 from 2003 until 2006 when he worked as a student support center coordinator at the Stockbridge Plain School.

Muir took the stand in own defense.

The Berkshire Eagle  reports that Muir’s lawyer told the jury that even though his client worked in a crowded, well-traveled area of the school, no one witnessed the alleged assaults and the girls’ versions of events were inconsistent.

The prosecutor refused comment on the verdict.

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