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Winchester Parish Reacts to Camp Volunteer's Arrest

Raymond McAllister volunteered at St. Mary's Bible Camp.

A Bible Camp volunteer has been placed on unpaid leave following his arrest Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe.

Raymond McAllister, 20, of Woburn, with dissemination of matter harmful to a minor, enticement of a child, and posing or exhibiting a child in a state of nudity.

McAllister, who was a volunteer at St. Mary's Bible Camp in Winchester, pled not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday morning in Woburn District Court. His bail was set at $10,000 cash, and he was ordered held under house arrest at his parents' home, where all Internet must be removed. He cannot go online either from his laptop or his phone; and he cannot be with children under the age of 18.

“We became aware of the very serious and disturbing charges against Raymond McAllister, a part-time parish employee, and immediately placed him on unpaid leave,’’ parish leaders said in an e-mail sent Wednesday to parishioners, according to the Globe.

McAllister has also been a Little League coach in Woburn and a Jiu Jitsu instructor. Woburn Little League officials issued a statement Wednesday saying they have "protocols concerning any prospective coaches and or volunteers," according to the Globe. And that those "procedures were followed in this instance," according to the Globe.

The Middlesex District Attorney's office claims McAllister Skyped with a 13-year- old boy in Arizona, and asked the boy to disrobe; a sex act allegedly followed.

The DA said McAllister made "substantial admissions" while speaking with police.

The 20 year old nodded to his father upon entering the courtroom. "This is something we don't agree with," said Wayne McAllister.

McAllister is next due back in court March 7.

r f February 09, 2012 at 10:55 PM
This is an awful situation, one never thinks it will happen in their own back yard, but it does. But the fact that the media is turning this situation into another attack on the church is disgusting. It's another case of the media and the news twisting the story to make more riveting headlines, and it leads to defamation of the church. Yes he was a volunteer at the church, but he was also a little league coach and martial arts teacher. St. Mary's should not be the first word in the title. It's disgusting, misleading and really shows a lot about what is wrong with society today. To shed negative light on a local parish that does so much good work for the town and the community is utterly disturbing. I hope this young man gets the help he needs, and that the media will begin to focus on the situation, and not the fact that the situation can some how on some thread be traced to the church.

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