James Conner WOBURN, Mass.—A popular girls basketball coach at the Melrose YMCA has been charged with raping one of his young players over several years.
James Conner of North Reading was arraigned in Woburn District Court on Friday on charges including two counts of rape of a child by force. Connor is being held until a further bail hearing on Wednesday.
A spokesman for Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said the victim was under 14 when the alleged crimes occurred. The office is investigating whether there were other victims.
The 51-year-old Conner has been suspended from his job as site director at the YMCA.
YMCA president Richard Whitworth said the charges were a "shock." He said most people thought Connor was a great coach and did a wonderful job at the Y.