Former Berkshire County teacher pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting student

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A former Berkshire County teacher has pleaded not guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a former student under the age of 16.

NewsChannel 13’s media partners at The Berkshire Eagle report 60-year-old Peter Hirzel of Pownal, Vermont, was arraigned in Bennington Superior Court.

He is a former teacher at Pine Cobble Private School in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

The paper reports Hirzel befriended the victim during what was described as a "tough year" for the victim.

He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.