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High School Volleyball Coach Accused Of Inappropriately Touching Players

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MARLBOROUGH (CBS) – A varsity volleyball coach at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School has been charged with allegedly having inappropriate physical contact with his players.

Jeremiah Encarnacion, 30, of Marlborough, faces four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and three counts of accosting a member of the opposite sex, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.

A judge released Encarnacion on his own recognizance but said he must wear a GPS monitoring device and not have contact with any witnesses. He also is barred from working or volunteering with children under 16.

Encarnacion is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Sept. 23.

Police allege Encarnacion made lewd verbal comments to players between 2008 and 2009 and made similar comments via text messages, according to the DA’s office. They also say he had improper physical contact with team members while they were on school property and while on bus trips traveling to games.

The Assabet school released a statement on Friday in reaction to the arrest.

“Assabet Valley Regional Technical School District takes these allegations very seriously and has been working closely with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office to assist
them in their ongoing investigation,” said Acting Superintendent-Director Kris Luoto. “Mr. Encarnacion has not been a coach in our district since 2010 however, the well being of our entire community is always our concern. Assabet Valley is committed to holding ourselves, staff and coaches to the highest standards and the safety of our students and their families is our top priority. We will continue our full cooperation with the District Attorney’s office as they work through their investigation and any legal proceedings.”

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