ARLINGTON, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) - A 62-year-old New York man was arrested Friday amid allegations of sexual abuse over a span of two decades at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club.
Paul Collins, of Centerreach, N.Y., was arrested by the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force on charges that include rape of a child by force, indecent assault and battery of a child under the age of 14, and open and gross lewdness.
Collins waived extradition in a New York courtroom Saturday. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Cambridge District Court.
Collins is the second former employee of the club accused of sexual abuse. Earlier in the year, the Boys and Girls Club announced allegations of sexual abuse committed by William Sullivan of West Roxbury. Sullivan, who has since died, is accused of abusing children between the 1970s and 1990s.
Investigators tell the Boston Globe five victims who claim they were abused by Collins between the late 70s and early 80s stepped forward after seeing media reports on the allegations made against Sullivan. Collins was reportedly a counselor at the club. In a press release Saturday, investigators say Collins' alleged victims are males who are now in their mid-40s.
The Boys and Girls Club said in a statement that Collins' arrest is not related to the allegations made against Sullivan. They say their disclosure about the allegations made against Sullivan was intended to "create an environment where anyone with any information about possible sexual abuse is encouraged to come forward and contact the Middlesex District Attorney's Child Abuse Unit or the Arlington Police Department."
The club goes on to say their thoughts and prayers are with all the victims.
Anyone with information regarding possible sexual abuse is asked to contact the Middlesex District Attorney's Child Abuse Unit at 781-897-8400 and the Arlington Police Department at 781-643-1212.
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