Retired firefighter faces child sex abuse charges
FALL RIVER, Mass. —
A retired Fall River firefighter and longtime local youth sports coach has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing two boys.
Wesley Allardice, 62, was arraigned Tuesday on charges including assault to rape a child, aggravated rape and abuse of a child by age difference.
Allardice was released on $50,000 bail. He was ordered to have no contact with his alleged victims and is scheduled to be back in court in January.
Court documents say the alleged offenses occurred over a two-year period beginning in March 2011 and that the boys were between the ages of 11 and 14.
The allegations included providing alcohol to a minor and drugging someone with the intent to have sex.
Kenneth van Colen, Allardice's attorney, said his client adamantly denies the allegations.
"I maintain he's still a respected member of the community and this is very upsetting to him. We deny all allegations, absolutely," van Colen said.
Allardice retired about 10 years ago from the Fall River Fire Department after a 33-year career.
He also coached local youth sports, most recently the city's Junior Legion Baseball team, comprising players ages 13 to 17.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.