Former Dracut youth hockey coach released on sexual assault charges

Defendant will be monitored by a GPS tracking device

Allen S. Pereira, 59, of Woburn, was charged with three felony counts of indecent assault and battery on a person age 14 or over.

DRACUT — A former youth hockey coach accused of sexually assaulting one of the players on his team has been released with a GPS tracking device.

Allen Pereira, 59, of Woburn must stay away from and have no contact with the victim and other team players, and must stay away from two Breakaway hockey rinks in Dracut and Tewksbury.

The complainant reported that Pereira had sexually abused him over several years, beginning when he was 14 years old and continuing roughly through the end of high school, Assistant District Attorney Rachel Perlman said Tuesday in Lowell District Court.

Police detectives launched an investigation after learning of the allegations.

The suspect is alleged to have inappropriately touched the complainant and allegedly tried to coerce the complainant into touching him and performing sexual acts on him, according to Dracut Police Chief Peter Bartlett.

Investigators also found “troubling” text and Facebook messages between Pereira, the complainant and other witnesses, according to Perlman.

When Pereira discovered he was being investigated by police, he used a new phone number to contact former and current players of the hockey team, Perlman said.

The defendant was arrested Sunday and charged with three felony counts of indecent assault and battery on a person of 14 years or older.

He posted $2,500 cash bail early Monday morning, and was scheduled for arraignment that day in Lowell District Court.

While walking out of the courtroom and into a hallway to speak with his attorney, Pereira fell over. He was transported by ambulance for what Perlman called a “medical emergency.”

Pereira was hospitalized overnight, and returned to court immediately after his release on Tuesday, according to Attorney Benjamin Falkner, who represented the defendant Tuesday.

Based on the fact that the defendant returned to court and has no prior record, Perlman did not request that Pereira be held on an additional bail amount.

She requested that he be released with GPS monitoring; that he stay away from and have no contact with the complainant and any past or present players; that he have no unsupervised contact with minors; that he be restricted from using social media; and that he stay away from two Breakaway hockey rinks on Carter Street in Tewksbury and Lakeview Avenue in Dracut.

“Although he was released from his position at Breakaway rink in Dracut, he has had occasion to go back there,” Perlman said. “It’s not exactly like he stayed away from there.”

Falkner agreed to Perlman’s requested conditions of release, except for the GPS tracking device.

“The GPS is an unnecessary intrusion into his liberty,” Falkner said during the arraignment.

Judge Daniel Crane ordered Pereira’s release with GPS monitoring, and accepted all of Perlman’s requests for conditions of release.

Pereira declined to comment during a court recess and after the arraignment. He is scheduled to return to Lowell District Court on March 16 for a pretrial hearing.

Dracut Police urge anyone with information to contact the department at 978-957-2123.