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Youth hockey coach from Woburn charged with sexual assault on player

A youth hockey coach from Woburn was arrested over the weekend and charged with sexual assault on a player on his team, authorities said.

Allen S. Pereira, 59, was arrested on Sunday and charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person age 14 or over, Dracut police said in a statement. Pereira was working for a private youth hockey organization in Dracut at the time of the incidents, officials said.

Police said the alleged incidents occurred over the course of several years, starting when the victim was 14-years-old and a hockey player on a team coached by Pereira.

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Authorities alleged Pereira inappropriately touched the victim and allegedly tried to coerce the victim into touching him and performing sexual acts on him. He is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday in Lowell District Court.

The probe into Pereira remains active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Dracut police at 978-957-2123.


Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.