DRACUT (CBS) — A youth hockey coach accused of sexually assaulting a player on his team pleaded not guilty in Lowell District Court Tuesday. Allen Pereira, 59, of Woburn, was released after he was ordered to wear a GPS device, stay off social media, and stay away from his accuser and several hockey rinks.

“I am also asking for a no-contact stay away order from any past or present players,” said Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Rachel Perlman.

Pereira first appeared in court Monday but the arraignment was postponed after he fainted.

“When I went to discuss the conditions with him he walked out into the hallway and fell and was taken away by ambulance to the hospital,” said defense attorney Benjamin Falkner.

Pereira worked in the pro shop and coached a travel street hockey team at Breakaway Sports World in Dracut.

The incidents allegedly occurred over the course of several years starting when the accuser was 14 years old and a player on a team coached by Pereira. Police said Pereira “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’s defense attorney argued against GPS monitoring.

“The GPS is unnecessary he remains presumed innocent as he’s before the court of all of these charges,” said Falkner.

Pereira pleaded not guilty three counts of indecent assault and walked out of court refusing to speak to reporters. He is due back in court March 16.


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