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    Former Marblehead hockey coach charged with molesting a fourth boy, this time in Newton

    A former Marblehead hockey coach, charged in Essex County with raping and sexually assaulting three boys, now faces an indictment in Middlesex County for allegedly attacking a fourth child in Newton, prosecutors said Tuesday.

    Christopher Prew, 31, is accused in the Newton case of “indecent assault and battery on a male child who was known to the defendant through his position as a hockey coach,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office said in a statement confirming the new indictment.

    Prew is currently being held without bail on the Essex County cases. He’s slated to be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in the Newton case on March 2.


    He allegedly assaulted the Newton boy multiple times beginning in 2015.

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    Prew’s lawyer, Michael P. Doolin, said in a brief phone interview that his client denies all the accusations “and looks forward to litigating his case.”

    The Middlesex indictment is the latest in a raft of troubling allegations against Prew, who authorities said provided private and group coaching sessions but was not affiliated with the Marblehead Youth Hockey Association.

    Earlier this month, he was charged in Essex County with assaulting and orally raping one 9-year-old between September 2017 and January 2018. He was later charged with indecently assaulting two more young victims in Essex County.

    Prew was arraigned Tuesday in Essex Superior Court in Salem on the charges in that county, and a dangerousness hearing is slated for March 1, according to prosecutors. He has pleaded not guilty.

    Travis Andersen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.