A former high school hockey coach at North Andover and Haverhill high schools has been charged with sexually molesting two children, the Associated Press reports.
Denis Barrette, who currently coaches junior hockey, pleaded not guilty Thursday to four counts of indecent assault and battery.
Prosecutors say allegations first surfaced in 2012, from a former relative through marriage who said that while living with Barrette, he repeatedly molested her, telling her it was a "precious little secret."
The woman's brother, also grown, also told investigators that Barrette had sexually abused him during his childhood.
The alleged victims lived in Barrette’s home more than a decade ago. Barrette’s lawyer called the charges “questionable” and said they are the result of a custody dispute.