• Former Woburn Boys and Girls Club employee indicted on child abuse charges


    WOBURN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A former employee of the Woburn Boys and Girls Club was indicted by a Middlesex County Grand Jury Friday amid child abuse allegations that date back to 2000 involving a minor he met at the club.

    Christopher Elwell, 33, of Woburn was indicted on charges of rape of a child (three counts), indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, dissemination of matter harmful to a minor, and posing a child in a state of nudity.

    An investigation into the allegations began in late 2012, officials say. During the investigation, authorities learned that in the fall of 1999, Elwell, who was then employed as the junior director of physical education, first met the victim. The victim was 12 years old at the time. Soon after, Elwell allegedly met privately with the victim and talked to her about sex. He also met her outside of the club and at his home.

    Elwell allegedly told the victim to engage in a sexual relationship with him over the course of three years. During that time, he showed the victim pornography and videos of himself without clothing. He also allegedly asked her to take pictures of herself when she was naked.

    His arraignment date has not been set.

    The Boys & Girls Club of Woburn released a statement Saturday that read in part: "We are shocked and saddened by the allegations and our thoughts are with the victim and her family at this time. The safety and protection of the children we serve is the number one priority of the Boys & Girls Club. For the past 50 years, our organization has been committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity, and we do not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activity on the part of any Club staff, volunteer or youth member."

    Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Woburn Police Department at 781-933-1212.

    Next Up: