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A Marblehead youth hockey coach is due in Lynn District Court tomorrow for a dangerousness hearing after he was charged with raping a 9-year-old boy, prosecutors said.
Christopher M. Prew, 31, was indicted yesterday by a grand jury on charges of aggravated rape of a child and four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, according to the Essex County District Attorney's Office.
The indictments allege Prew indecently assaulted and raped the boy on various dates between Sept. 1 and Jan. 31, prosecutors said.
Marblehead police began an investigation after the boy's mother notified police of her son's disclosure. Police arrested Prew on Thursday, and he was arraigned the next day in Lynn District Court, where Judge Randy Chapman ordered him held without bail pending tomorrow's dangerousness hearing.
Prew, owner of Hot Shot Academy in Winthrop, provides private and group hockey coaching sessions in the area, but is not affiliated with the Marblehead Youth Hockey Association, prosecutors said.
His attorney, Sean Donahue, noted his client pleaded not guilty in district court, and said in a statement: "My client, Christopher Prew, is accused of very serious crimes. Understandably, he and his family are devastated by these alarming accusations. ... We expect that Mr. Prew will eventually be vindicated!"
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