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Former Arlington Boys & Girls Club worker indicted

Posted by Brock Parker  June 7, 2013 12:05 PM

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A former employee of the Arlington Boys and Girls Club has been indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges including rape of a child and indecent assault and battery stemming from crimes allegedly committed from the late 1970s to 1980.

CollinsPaul01171951.JPGPaul Collins, 62, of Centereach, New York, was indicted Thursday by the grand jury in Woburn on one charge of rape of a child by force, three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and a count of open and gross lewdness, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office.

Collins was arrested May 17 after an investigation by Arlington Police and the district attorney’s office that began in January when the Arlington Boys & Girls Club reported that it had discovered multiple allegations that a former and now deceased employee, William Sullivan, of West Roxbury, had sexually abused children at the club between the 1970s and 1990s. Arlington Police then learned of accusations against Collins, who had also worked at the club, from several male victims who are now in their 40s and met Collins through their membership at the club.

Collins was arrested in New York and extradited back to Arlington before he was arraigned in Cambridge District Court and held on $250,000 bail. An arraignment date in Middlesex Superior Court has not been set for the charges handed down by the grand jury Thursday.

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