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Video exhibits NBA expertise coach Rob McClanaghan altering a girl’s drink, prosecutors say

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Editor’s be aware: This story accommodates particulars about an alleged sexual assault.

Video surveillance exhibits a Rhode Island man — who’s dealing with rape and drugging expenses — sprinkling one thing excessive of a girl’s drink earlier than leaving a lodge bar together with her, prosecutors stated in courtroom Tuesday.

Robert McClanaghan, 43, of Warwick, RI, was arraigned in Central Division of Boston Municipal Courtroom Tuesday morning on rape and drugging for intercourse expenses, Suffolk County District Lawyer Kevin Hayden introduced.

McClanaghan, who has labored as a expertise improvement coach with NBA superstars, together with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Lebron James and Derrick Rose, was ordered held on $30,000 bail. If posted, he should give up his passport, put on a GPS monitoring bracelet and keep in Rhode Island apart from assembly together with his protection attorneys in Massachusetts.

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McClanaghan met the sufferer inside a lodge bar on Thursday, Nov. 3, Assistant District Lawyer Erin Murphy stated.

Video surveillance obtained by investigators McClanaghan retrieving one thing from his pants pocket earlier than sprinkling one thing excessive of the sufferer’s drink. Footage additionally exhibits McClanaghan and the sufferer coming into an elevator and exiting on the ground of the sufferer’s room within the lodge, officers stated.

The sufferer remembered little of what occurred subsequent, Murphy stated.

“When the sufferer awoke, she was within the lodge room mattress, bleeding from her vagina and lined in bruises,” the district lawyer’s workplace stated. “The lady contacted police, and detectives famous bruising on her knees, ankles, hips, neck, arms and again.”

The sufferer confirmed detectives a photograph that McClanaghan had despatched to her cellphone the morning following the incident. That photograph confirmed a person performing sexual acts on a girl on a mattress just like the sufferer’s lodge mattress, officers stated.

The watch being worn by the person within the photograph was just like the watch being worn by McClanaghan, the sufferer instructed investigators.

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The sufferer additionally instructed police that her underwear was lacking, officers stated.

Investigators executed a search warrant at McClanaghan’s home and located the sufferer’s underwear, together with different girls’s underwear, Murphy stated.

In a information launch Tuesday, Hayden applauded the sufferer for coming ahead with details about the incident.

“This strikes proper to the very coronary heart of how horrible and darkish sexual assault instances of this nature may be. These instances are onerous to show, and may be very tough, and we would like everybody in our communities, significantly girls, to be vigilant round occasions once they’re celebrating in bars and eating places,” Hayden stated. “Vigilant about who you are getting your drink from, ensuring it is out of your server or bartender instantly, all the time being conscious and watchful.”

In accordance with McClanaghan’s web site, he’s a “premier expertise improvement coach” that has labored with NBA gamers together with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Lebron James and Derrick Rose.

McClanaghan has additionally labored with the Boston Celtics’ Al Horford, in response to his web site.

The 43-year-old was a walk-on at Syracuse College the place he performed in three NCAA tournaments earlier than later accepting a training place with the College of South Florida, in response to his bio.

BPD issued a warrant for McClanaghan’s arrest on Thursday, Nov. 17 following an investigation into an incident that occurred in downtown Boston.

Final month, BPD urged residents to concentrate on drink spiking incidents and be secure when going out. Scentless, colorless and tasteless medicine, reminiscent of Rohypnol, often known as roofie, may be positioned within the drinks of unsuspecting victims. Different medicine generally used in a similar way are GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) or Ketamine.

When going out, persons are inspired to stick with a buddy, solely get drinks instantly from a bartender or server, by no means go away a drink unattended and think about using drink take a look at strips to check for medicine.

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