RI basketball coach arrested on rape, drug charges over Boston incident

Robert McClanaghan.Warwick Police Department

A Rhode Island man and well-known NBA player coach has been arrested for rape and drug trafficking by Boston police, officials said Saturday.

Robert McClanaghan, 43, of Warwick, was arrested in East Greenwich on Friday by members of the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit, Boston Police Fugitive Unit and the Boston Police Department Warwick, police said in a news release.

McClanaghan was arrested on a warrant issued Thursday by Boston City Court on charges of rape and drug sex for an incident in downtown Boston, the statement said.

The Suffolk District Attorney’s Office was also involved in the investigation, officials said.

“This arrest is the result of superb work by the BPD Sexual Assault Unit and members of our Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, working with information provided by the victim,” a doorman said. -spoken from the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office. “Our prosecutors and victim witness advocates will provide the victim with all possible support as the case progresses through the legal process.”

Police did not provide specific details about the time or location of the alleged rape, but issued a warning about so-called date rape drugs with their announcement of McClanaghan’s arrest.

“The Boston Police Department is warning the public of the dangerousness of odorless, colorless and tasteless drugs such as Rohypnol, also known as roofie, placed in the beverages of unsuspecting victims,” ​​police said. “Other drugs commonly used in the same way are GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) or ketamine. These drugs and substances can cause disorientation, confusion, temporary paralysis or loss of consciousness, as well as a crowd other symptoms, leaving the potential victim vulnerable to the suspect’s intentions.

The warning is the latest issued by Boston police after a summer in which the department received several reports of suspected drugged drinks at clubs and bars across the city, the Globe reported.

Warwick Police declined to comment on Saturday evening, as did East Greenwich Police.

Sources have confirmed that McClanaghan is a basketball coach.

A renowned coach who has worked with NBA stars such as Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, McClanaghan began his career as a physical education teacher and assistant basketball coach at Bishop Hendriken, a private all-boys school in Warwick, the Globe reported last month.

There he met Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla, who as a rookie in 2003 was essentially McClanaghan’s first client, according to Globe history.

McClanaghan will be arraigned in Kent County, RI, Third District Court on Monday where he will be charged with a fugitive from justice, police said.

Kathy McCabe of Globe staff contributed to this report.


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