Authorities in Massachusetts say a coach was arrested after he called police to break up a group of people who showed up at his gym to accuse him of rape.
According to the New York Post, officers took 41-year-old Robert Hersey into custody in front of the crowd who claimed he sexually assaulted their loved ones.
The boxing coach was at Beast Elite, the training facility he owns and operates in Springfield, when the mob began to gather.
Upon the officers’ arrival, two teens who had been his students alleged that Hersey sexually assaulted them in separate incidents earlier this year.
The alleged incidents occurred in June and September, according to police.
In a statement this week, Hampden District Attorney Fred Burns said one alleged victim told investigators that the suspect offered to take him to a massage parlor. The teen said he turned down the request but claimed Hersey made a sexually aggressive move during the car ride home.
Defense attorney Nikola Andreopoulos said his client has denied the charges against him, which include rape, assault with intent to rape, lewd and lascivious behavior, and sharing pornography with minors. Hersey has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Court records indicate he faced charges in 1996, while working as football coach, that he provided marijuana, beer, porn and cigarettes to a group of middle-school boys.
It was unclear from available reports what the resolution of that case was, though records indicate he was suspended from the football league for which he had been a coach.
As a result of the most recent arrest, he was booked into jail with bail set at $5,000. He was also ordered not to have any unsupervised contact with minors.
[Featured image: Robert Hersey, video screenshot]