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NYC coach accused of abuse on Mass. trip

Associated Press / October 14, 2010

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A renowned former New York City youth basketball coach has been indicted on charges he sexually assaulted a player during a team trip to Western Massachusetts between March 1977 and April 1978, a prosecutor said yesterday. Ernest Lorch was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges of attempted rape and indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over, said Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jane Mulqueen. Lorch, who is in his late 70s, is accused of abusing the player, then 17, during a trip to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a basketball tournament, Mulqueen said. Lorch founded and coached the Riverside Church basketball program in Manhattan, whose alumni include dozens of National Basketball Association players.

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