MARBLEHEAD, Mass. - A youth hockey coach accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy will be back in court Wednesday.
31-year-old Christophew Prew was indicted this week on charges of aggravated rape of a child and four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child.
Prew will be at the Lynn District Court Wednesday for a dangerousness hearing.
According to the charges filed by the Essex County District Attorney, Prew is accused of indecently assaulting and orally raping the 9-year-old boy between September 2017 and January 2018.
Prew was arrested last Thursday, after the mother of the boy went to Marblehead Police and they began an investigation.
Prew worked as a private hockey coach.
His lawyer released the following statement:
"My client, Christopher Prew, is accused of very serious crimes. Understandably, he and his family are devastated by these alarming accusations.
Mr. Prew, who, coincidentally, is very well-respected in his community, recently appeared before the Lynn District Court and entered a plea of "not guilty" to these disturbing charges. His plea was entered into the record.
Over the next several weeks, my client, who, until recently, was intimately involved with the mother of the child, and I will closely examine these horrific accusations.
While child abuse laws aim to protect children, the justice system is set up to vindicate those who are wrongfully accused. We expect that Mr. Prew will eventually be vindicated!"
The Marblehead Youth Hockey League also issued a statement, saying Prew has never worked for them.
In a court hearing Wednesday morning, the judge said separate dangerousness hearing would be held regarding more accusers who have come forward against the hockey coach.
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