Pittsfield man faces child abuse charges

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A
22-year-old Pittsfield man has been ordered held on $50,000 bail after
pleading not guilty to sexually assaulting several children and forcing
them to pose nude for pictures.

Robert Labarre was
arraigned Thursday in Central Berkshire District Court on charges of
rape of a child with force, distribution of material involving nude
children, placing a nude child in a lascivious pose, and indecent
assault and battery on a child under 14.

The Berkshire Eagle reports he was arrested Wednesday.

Authorities say Labarre was
supposed to take care of 5 children between the ages of 5 and 9 while
their parents were not home. Only the 5-year-old was spared the alleged
abuse.

Labarre's court-appointed lawyer said there is no evidence to support the allegations and his client maintains his innocence.

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