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5 Arrested After Probe Into Abuse Allegations At Western Mass. School

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Five employees have been arrested in connection with an investigation into the alleged physical and emotional abuse of students at a Massachusetts residential school that treats boys and young men with behavioral problems.

Dozens of local, state and federal authorities searched the Eagleton School on Saturday in Great Barrington.

The office of Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless says four male workers and a female staffer were each charged with one count of assault and battery on a disabled person.

They were released on personal recognizance and are expected be arraigned Monday morning.

Eagleton is a private residential school for boys and young men with autism and other behavioral disorders or learning disabilities. It opened in 1977.

The school didn't return a telephone message left Sunday.

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