For Immediate Release - November 21, 2013

Russell pleads guilty to sexual assault charges

A Pittsfield man pleaded guilty this afternoon in Berkshire Superior Court to sexual assault charges.  44 year old ARTHUR M. RUSSELL JR. appeared before Judge John Agostini. 

RUSSELL pleaded guilty to three (3) counts of RAPE OF A CHILD:  WITH FORCE and seven (7) counts of INDECENT ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON A CHILD UNDER 14. 

Judge Agostini ordered that Russell serve concurrent 10 to 12 year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the charges of RAPE OF A CHILD:  WITH FORCE.  He was given concurrent 8 to 10 year sentences on the other charges.      

RUSSELL sexually assaulted two girls, ages 8 and 9, in Pittsfield between August 15, 2011 and September 23, 2012.    

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.