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Hockey coach pleads not guilty to new child indecent assault charges

Christopher Prew enters Court Room 2 in Lynn District Court for a dangerousness hearing on Wednesday.
Christopher Prew in Lynn District Court in February. (Spenser R. Hasak)

SALEM —  A private youth hockey coach accused of raping a 9-year-old boy from Marblehead pleaded not guilty to 10 additional charges in Essex Superior Court Friday morning. Meanwhile, his attorney said he plans to appeal his detention at Middleton Jail in Supreme Judicial Court.

Christopher Prew, 31, was arraigned on nine additional counts of indecent assault of a child and one count of attempted indecent assault on a child Friday. The alleged incidents occurred in Marblehead and Peabody between January 1, 2017 and February 5, 2018.

Prew was already facing charges of aggravated rape and indecent assault and battery involving one child in Marblehead, and indecent assault and battery of a child in Newton. He was hired to coach the children privately in hockey.

Prew is facing charges involving seven victims in Essex County and one in Middlesex County.

Prew was formerly listed as living in a Marblehead condominium owned by the mother of the first victim, but is now listed as living in Winthrop.

He is being held without bail at Middleton Jail on the original charges involving the Marblehead boy. Attorney Michael Doolin told Judge Timothy Feeley Friday he plans to appeal his detention in Superior Judicial Court. Following the arraignment, Doolin told reporters he would file the appeal next week.

Feeley indicated at a prior hearing that he was inclined to release Prew to the custody of his family in Winthrop, but that changed when he learned Prew’s mother had been accused of sending threatening text messages to the mother of the first victim.

His mother, Louise Martino, 55, was indicted on one count of witness intimidation Thursday. Her arraignment has not yet been scheduled. His stepfather was present at Friday’s arraignment.

Prew is expected back in court on April 10.

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