Melrose YMCA Girls Basketball Coach Indicted on 20 Massachusetts Criminal Charges for Allegedly Sexual Assaulting Two Young Girls

In Massachusetts, Melrose YMCA girls basketball coach James Conner has been indicted on 20 criminal charges for his alleged sexual assault of two girls. The 51-year-old North Reading resident is also accused of videotaping the incidents using hidden cameras. Prosecutors say they plan to use the video evidence in their case against Conner.

Among the charges against him are four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child, five counts of rape of a child, two counts of posing a child in sexual conduct, two counts of posing a child in a state of nudity, interception of oral communication, photographing/videotaping a naked person without their knowledge, and witness intimidation.

The girls basketball coach was arrested last month and charged with raping one of his players. An investigation into the allegations led to the other rape victim, as well as more charges.

At the time of the alleged sexual assault incidents, the girls were younger than 14. The crimes reportedly took place at Conner’s home and at YMCA events.

In an unrelated incident, a Massachusetts man was sentenced to life in prison for the rape of a 6-year-old boy in a public library. Corey Dean Saunders, 27, pleaded guilty to the rape charge last month. He admitted that he got the boy to join him in the reading room while his mother was on a nearby computer. He will be up for parole in 15 years.

Massachusetts Sexual Crimes
The state of Massachusetts takes a tough stance against people convicted of raping minors. A person convicted of the forcible rape of a child under 16 years of age could end up spending the rest of his or her life in prison. This is why it is so important that you retain the services of an experienced Boston sexual crimes attorney who can defend you.

Melrose YMCA coach indicted on 20 charges,, April 2, 2009
Mass. man charged in library rape gets life, Associated Press, April 2, 2009
YMCA Coach Indicted On Child Rape Charges, The Boston Channel, April 2, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Information for Sex Offenders,
How To Survive in Prison as an Innocent Man Convicted of a Sex Crime, IPT Journal, 1997
Please contact our Boston sexual crimes law firm to discuss your case. We believe that you are entitled to the best criminal defense possible.

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