BOSTON — Former Boston University and Northeastern assistant Bob Richardson has been arrested on multiple counts of child rape for allegedly assaulting a 14-year old boy he coached five years ago.
Richardson, 49, has been working as an assistant girl’s hockey coach at Milton (Mass.) Academy. He was indicted on five counts of rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person age 14 or over. According to a spokesperson for Suffolk (Mass.) County, the allegations surround three rape and molestation incidents between 1998-99.
Richardson is also the director of the International Hockey Academy, which he founded 17 years ago with current Massachusetts coach Don Cahoon. The Academy runs year-round clinics for male and female players ages 8 through 18.
The first alleged assault took place on July 30, 1998, in a dorm room at Boston University where the alleged victim was participating in an IHA hockey camp. Two other incidents allegedly occured that winter in Richardson’s apartment.
Richardson was a scout with the NHL’s Calgary Flames for the past three years, and also has scouted for the Dallas Stars. Though never having played college hockey, he was an assistant for BU in the ’80s and at Northeastern in the early ’90s.
Cahoon was stunned by the news.
“What more can I say,” said Cahoon to the Boston Herald. “I had been involved in a business venture with him and have been removed from that business venture for 13 years. It would be presumptuous for me to say anything without knowing more about the allegations. I’d rather wait until there is a resolution. They are just allegations right now.”