Former school principal faces charges of child rape

BOSTON – A former Boston college administrator accused of sexually abusing a child has been released without bail on arraignment, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Michael McDonald, 40, pleaded not guilty on Monday to aggravated child rape, posing a child in a state of nudity, possession of child pornography and disseminating material harmful to a minor, according to an office statement of the district of Suffolk. Attorney Rachael Rollins.

He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, to have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 and to surrender his passport.

McDonald denies the charges.

“Michael McDonald is shocked and devastated to have been falsely accused of these acts,” said his lawyer, Dan Gaudet, in a statement. “The allegations against him could not be further from the truth.”

McDonald, the former dean of students at Dearborn Middle School, used “his position of trust to prey on a child,” Rollins said. He has also worked or volunteered for several school and private programs for at-risk youth.

The alleged abuse began in 2013 when the boy was 15, prosecutors said. Although the driving continued for years, due to state law, prosecutors were only able to prosecute for alleged conduct that occurred before the youth’s 16th birthday.

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