Mass.  baseball coach charged with child rape in 2008 sex assault

Mass. baseball coach charged with child rape in 2008 sex assault

A Massachusetts man who works as a baseball coach is facing a child rape charge in connection with a sexual assault that happened at a Woburn training facility 14 years ago.The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that 45-year-old Keith Forbes, of Wakefield , was arraigned Friday in Middlesex Superior Court on one count of rape of a child in connection with assaulting a 15-year-old girl while he was working at Extra Innings in 2008.According to authorities, the victim would frequent the now-closed Extra Innings baseball and softball training facility where Forbes worked as a coach and instructor.Prosecutors said Forbes would talk to the high school sophomore often and engage in inappropriate conversations with her.On one occasion, Forbes allegedly told the girl that his computer was broken and asked her to come into his office. Forbes was then accused of sexually assaulting her once she was in his office and refused to stop when asked. He also reportedly asked the girl not to tell anyone. On a second occasion, Forbes was accused of kissing the victim and engaging in inappropriate behavior with her at Extra Innings. Authorities said after the second occurrence, the girl left the facility and never returned.”This is a person who’s in a position of trust, especially in a place where you take your kids or send your kids to have fun or participate in a sport that they enjoy,” said District Attorney Marian Ryan. Forbes currently works at Team Boston Academy in North Reading, according to coaches and players who participate in the training academy for youth baseball and softball players. NewsCenter 5’s John Atwater contacted leaders at Team Boston Academy, but he has yet to receive a reply from them. Atwater also stopped by Forbes’ house in an attempt to speak with him. Someone who was at the home said the accusations against Forbes are not true. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 15.

A Massachusetts man who works as a baseball coach is facing a child rape charge in connection with a sexual assault that happened at a Woburn training facility 14 years ago.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that 45-year-old Keith Forbes, of Wakefield, was arraigned Friday in Middlesex Superior Court on one count of rape of a child in connection with assaulting a 15-year-old girl while he was working at Extra Innings in 2008.

According to authorities, the victim would frequent the now-closed Extra Innings baseball and softball training facility where Forbes worked as a coach and instructor.

Prosecutors said Forbes would talk to the high school sophomore often and engage in inappropriate conversations with her.

On one occasion, Forbes allegedly told the girl that his computer was broken and asked her to come into his office. Forbes was then accused of sexually assaulting her once she was in his office and refused to stop when asked. He also reportedly asked the girl not to tell anyone.

On a second occasion, Forbes was accused of kissing the victim and engaging in inappropriate behavior with her at Extra Innings. Authorities said after the second occurrence, the girl left the facility and never returned.

“This is a person who’s in a position of trust, especially in a place where you take your kids or send your kids to have fun or participate in a sport that they enjoy,” said District Attorney Marian Ryan.

Forbes currently works at Team Boston Academy in North Reading, according to coaches and players who participate in the training academy for youth baseball and softball players.

NewsCenter 5’s John Atwater contacted leaders at Team Boston Academy, but he has yet to receive a reply from them.

Atwater also stopped by Forbes’ house in an attempt to speak with him. Someone who was at home said the accusations against Forbes are not true.

Forbes was released on personal cognizance following Friday’s arraignment. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 15.

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