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Former Bishop Thomas Dupre, the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States to be indicted on a sexual-abuse claim during the flood of abuse accusations against church officials, has died. He was 83, the Diocese of Springfield (Massachusetts) said. He died outside the diocese, but the location and the cause of his death weren’t disclosed.

Dupre, who became bishop in the mid-1990s, cited health reasons for his sudden retirement in 2004. Months later he was indicted on charges he raped two boys in the 1970s, but the case was dropped because prosecutors determined the statute of limitations had expired.

Before Dupre became bishop he had been an aide of Bishop Joseph Maguire, who led the diocese from 1977 to 1992 and faced allegations after retirement that clergy sex abuse and a cover-up had happened on his watch.

The Boston Globe reports that a Boston Uber driver was indicted on charges that he allegedly kidnapped and raped a female passenger in December, according to authorities.

Alejandro Done, 46, is charged with kidnapping, three counts of aggravated rape, and two counts of assault and battery, the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said. An arraignment date has not yet been set.

Done allegedly found the victim as she was waiting on Tremont Street for a pre-arranged ride-hailing driver on the night of Dec. 6.

Suffolk County prosecutors have re-indicted Dwayne McNair, a suspect of two rapes, using a new DNA test created by German company Eurofins Scientific, as reported by the Boston Globe.

McNair, 33, of Jamaica Plain and Dedham, was released in April from an eight-count indictment that charged him with raping two young women with accomplice Anwar Thomas in 2004, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Spokesman Jake Wark.

In 2004, Thomas and McNair allegedly grabbed a 23-year-old woman in Forest Hills and forced her into a car. They then allegedly pistol-whipped her and drove to a garage where they repeatedly raped her at gunpoint.

The retired Fall River firefighter and former youth sports coach accused of molesting two boys and making advances toward another youth pleaded not guilty to all charges during his arraignment in Fall River Superior Court, as reported by the Dedham Transcript.

Wesley Allardice, 62, of 1307 President Ave., was previously indicted on nine charges, including assault to rape a child, aggravated rape and abuse of a child by age difference, indecent exposure, disseminating materials harmful to a minor, providing alcohol to a minor, indecent assault and battery on a minor, using a drug for sexual intercourse and indecent assault and battery on a minor under 14 years old.

The alleged incidents occurred in Fall River between March 2011 and September 2013. The victims were between 9 and 14 years old at the time.

The NH Union Leader reports that a convicted sex offender from Massachusetts has been indicted for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl while she was alone in a toy aisle at Walmart in Plaistow, according to prosecutors.

Ronald Beausoleil, 33, of Haverhill, Mass., is facing charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of felonious sexual assault and accomplice to theft by unauthorized taking in connection with the March 10 incident.

Beausoleil, who is being held at the Rockingham County jail, will be arraigned on the charges later this month in superior court.

A Massachusetts grand jury has indicted a convicted murderer in the beating death of another inmate who was nearing the end of his sentence on a sexual abuse conviction.

Christopher Fletcher was indicted last week by a Norfolk County grand jury in the Dec. 12 death of Richard Silva at the state prison in Norfolk. The 64-year-old Silva was convicted in 2003 of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. He was scheduled to be released in March.

The 50-year-old Fletcher is currently serving a life sentence for the 1995 rape and murder of Elizabeth Salsbury of Lunenburg. Last month, Fletcher was indicted in the 1986 killing of Peggy Sue Calvillo, a mother of two from Sterling.

A grand jury did not find enough evidence to indict Kevin Treseler of Millis, the 21-year-old Stonehill College student who – according to what an 8 year old girl told police – had put his hands down her pants while he was working as a tutor in a classroom at her Brockton elementary school.

When the grand jury declined to indict Treseler, prosecutors moved immediately this week to dismiss all charges against him, as reported by the Milford Daily News.

“We will make sure this young victim has access to the services she needs,” said Bridget Norton Middleton, a spokesman for Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz. “But without further information, the investigation is closed.”

Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha Josephson has issued an arrest warrant for founder of the famed Riverside (NY) Church basketball program, who failed to appear last week for his arraignment in a Massachusetts court on sex abuse charges. The man’s lawyer, Frederick Cohn, said the two-count indictment handed down earlier in October is flawed and that he will fight extradition for Ernest Lorch because the two-page indictment is too vague – it says the assault took place between March 1977 and April 1978.

Lorch was scheduled to enter a plea on charges of indecent assault and battery and attempted rape in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. When he failed to appear in court, the arrest warrant issued, according to the NY Daily News.

Cohn told the News that the Northwestern District Attorney’s office is “linking itself” to a shakedown of his client, who is in his late 70s and in failing health. “I’ve got a guy who is old and sick and in a wheelchair, and they want to drag him up to Massachusetts to face a guy who has been trying to extort him for years,” Cohn said. “It’s all about money,” he added.

A renowned former New York City youth basketball coach has been indicted on charges he sexually assaulted a player during a team trip to Western Massachusetts between March 1977 and April 1978. Ernest Lorch was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges of attempted rape and indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over, according to comments made by Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jane Mulqueen to the Associated Press.

Lorch, who is in his late 70s, is accused of abusing the player, then 17, during a trip to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a basketball tournament, Mulqueen said. Lorch founded and coached the Riverside Church basketball program in Manhattan, whose alumni include dozens of National Basketball Association players.