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An ex-youth football coach in Lunenburg and Leominster was arrested on sexual abuse charges the day after a former player made the allegation, according to court documents.

Benjamin Brause, 36, of Leominster was arrested Friday after the boy told authorities he was raped at Brause's home and in a Leominster parking lot between January 2010 and December 2012, according to a police report on file at Leominster District Court. The report says the victim, now a Lunenburg High School student, was younger than 14 during one of the alleged attacks. Brause is also charged with giving the boy alcohol and showing him pornographic videos.

Brause was held on $15,000 bail yesterday after his arraignment in Leominster District Court on charges of aggravated rape, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, selling or delivering liquor to a person under 21 and dissemination of obscene matter to a minor.

Prosecutors had requested $100,000 bail. Judge Mark Noonan ordered Brause to refrain from coaching and stay away from the victim as well as children under 16 if he makes bail. Brause was also banned from Lunenburg High School and from the Leominster Pop Warner field, and must wear a GPS bracelet.

Brause's attorney could not be reached last night.

Brause was a longtime youth football coach, working in the Leominster Pop Warner league from the 1990s to 2008, then in Lunenburg in 2009 and 2010, authorities said.


April 1, 2014


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