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NYC youth coach indicted in MA sex abuse case

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An influential former New York City youth basketball coach has been accused in an indictment of sexually assaulting a male player during a team trip to Massachusetts in the 1970s.

Northwestern Assistant District Attorney Jane Mulqueen said Ernest Lorch was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over and attempted rape.

Mulqueen said Lorch allegedly abused the player, then 17, during a trip to a tournament at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst sometime between March 1977 and April 1978.

She said Lorch has been summoned to appear for arraignment, though a date hasn’t been set.

Lorch founded the Riverside Church basketball program in Manhattan, whose alumni include numerous NBA players.

A call for comment to Lorch’s attorney Wednesday was not immediately returned.

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