|DRACUT -- Chief Peter Bartlett reports that a local youth hockey coach has been arrested and charged with three counts of sexual assault on a player on his hockey team.|
|Allen S. Pereira, 59, of Woburn, was arrested on Sunday, Jan. 26 following an investigation by Dracut Police detectives. He was charged with three counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person Age 14 or Over (Felony).|
According to the Office of Middlesex DA Marian Ryan, after his arrest, Pereira was tranported to a nearby hospital for "a medical emergency" and remained hospitalized, as of Tuesday morning.
|Pereira was employed by a private youth hockey organization in Dracut at the time of the incidents.|
|The incidents occurred over the course of several years, starting when the victim was 14 years old and hockey player on a team coached by Pereira. The suspect is alleged to have inappropriately touched the victim and allegedly tried to coerce the victim into touching him and performing sexual acts on him.|
|Pereira was booked and processed by the Dracut Police Department pending his arraignment Tuesday at Lowell District Court.|
|The investigation into Pereira remains active and ongoing. If anyone has any information about this case or the suspect, they are asked to call the Dracut Police Department at 978-957-2123.|
|These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.|