Berkshire Grand Jury Indicts Former Olympian of Indecent Assault

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A former Olympian has been indicted on 12 counts of indecent assault and battery alleged to have occurred in Becket and dating back 50 years.
 
Conrad Mainwaring, 69, was arrested by Los Angeles authorities on Wednesday on a fugitive from justice warrant related to allegations he had assaulted children while a camp counselor in Becket in the 1970s.
 
The Berkshire District Attorney's Office had obtained the indictments last month and is seeking his extradition.
 
According to ESPN, Mainwaring was arrested after pleading no contest in the Los Angeles County Courthouse on a similar allegation.
 
He is facing nine counts of indecent assault and battery on a child over the age of 14 and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. The court will schedule his arraignment following the extradition process.
 
The charges are the result of a multi-year investigation by state police into several allegations of indecent assault and battery Mainwaring allegedly committed as a counselor at Greylock Camp, a sports camp for boys, in the 1970s. The victims were reportedly seven boys molested over several years. 
 
"We are grateful to the victims for having the courage to tell their stories. I also thank the state police detectives who developed and brought this case to this point and the grand jury for their careful consideration of the facts," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said. "My office is dedicated to holding perpetrators of these crimes accountable to help the victims heal."
 
The state police detective unit assigned to the district attorney's office began investigating the allegations following a report published by ESPN about Mainwaring. Since then, multiple victims shared similar stories of Mainwaring allegedly using his position of power to coerce teenage boys into sexual conduct.
 
Mainwaring represented Antigua as a runner in the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics and later was a coach. After working at Camp Greylock he spent five years at Syracuse University, then Colgate University and California Institute of Technology, where he was let go after a student complaint, according to ESPN. 
 
He has been living in California since but a three-year investigation by ESPN "found more than 50 men who said they were abused as boys or young men by Mainwaring beginning in the early 1970s and up through 2016." The Massachusetts allegations surfaced during this investigation. 

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Berkshires Gets Limited Vaccine Doses; Named 'High-Efficiency Collaborative'

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — COVID-19 vaccine shipments expected early last week were delayed because of inclement weather and were smaller than expected, leaving Berkshire County shorthanded. And a "very limited" amount of vaccines was available for appointment first-dose slots on Wednesday.  
 
"This week, Massachusetts received 139,000 doses," Mayor Linda Tyer said to the City Council on Tuesday. "That's it, we have a million potential new residents who are eligible, but for the week we received 139,000 doses."
 
Public Health Program Manager Laura Kittross said there is limited access everywhere and doesn't expect this to be an ongoing issue.  She hopes to see additional vaccine allocations later this week and is "certainly hopeful for next week."
 
On Thursday, there were very limited first-dose clinic at Berkshire Community College from 2 to 5 with 300 appointments available to eligible individuals. The North Adams and Great Barrington vaccination sites will also hold first-dose clinics on Thursday, offering 250 doses each. All of those were gone by late afternoon on Wednesday.
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