A Winchester Catholic church said it had placed Raymond W. McAllister on unpaid leave after the part-time church worker was arraigned on charges of enticing teens into sexual activity over the Internet.
The Woburn Little League program where the 20-year-old McAllister is a coach also said it believed it had properly vetted McAllister before he was allowed to participate. He was the coach for a team of 12-to-14-year-olds, according to authorities.
“The league has a series of procedures and protocols concerning any prospective coaches and or volunteers,’’ attorney Thomas Lawton said Wednesday in a statement issued on the league’s behalf. “The league believes that all procedures were followed in this instance.’’
McAllister was also a part-time employee of St. Mary’s Parish in Winchester, where he participated in Bible study classes involving children as young as 4 years old, according to the parish and a State Police report filed in Woburn District Court.
“We became aware of the very serious and disturbing charges against Raymond McAllister, a part-time parish employee, and immediately placed him on unpaid leave,’’ parish leaders said in an e-mail sent Wednesday to parishioners.
“As the judicial process moves forward we continue to keep all persons impacted by this matter in our prayers,’’ the statement said.
McAllister pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of disseminating material harmful to a minor, enticement of a child, and charges of posing a child in a state of nudity. Bail was set at $10,000 cash.
According to State Police, McAllister allegedly contacted a 13-year-old Arizona boy using Skype. The boy provided information to the Pima County sheriff’s department in Tucson, Ariz., last October, which eventually led Massachusetts detectives to McAllister.
Tuesday night, troopers assigned to the State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force raided McAllister’s home and seized his laptop.
McAllister allegedly also admitted that he often visited websites frequented by teenage boys, including teenchat.net, where he met boys between the ages of 12 and 16, according to the report. Through online conversations using Skype, McAllister allegedly convinced the boys to engage in mutual sexual activity at least twice a week, State Police said.
He also allegedly admitted to having downloaded an 18-minute video that State Police said showed boys who were approximately 11 and 12 years old performing sex acts on each other.
McAllister allegedly told troopers he had downloaded other similar videos, but then quickly deleted them.
“When asked why he deleted the videos, McAllister said because he didn’t want to get in trouble and he knew it was wrong,’’ Trooper Katrina Froio-Mazzie wrote in the report.