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Massage therapist charged with rape over incidents at USA Cycling camp

The case stems from a camp that took place in Massachusetts last September.

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A massage therapist from Texas has been charged with eight counts of indecent assault on a person over 14 years of age and one count of rape, a felony, in relation to incidents that allegedly occurred at a USA Cycling junior camp in Massachusetts last fall.

David S. Rose was released on $5,000 bail and several conditions after he was arraigned in Hampshire Superior Court in Massachusetts, according to court documents first reported by the Daily Hampshire Gazette and later obtained by Escape Collective. He stands accused of molesting three teenage girls, aged 17 and 18 at the time, during a five-day camp in Northampton, Massachusetts last September.

Rose was indicted on June 15. At his July 24 arraignment, he entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for October 30.

Local police were informed of the alleged incidents in January by a USA Cycling coach, according to the Gazette. A detective with the Northampton Police interviewed the three teenagers and gathered documentation from the camp. The teenagers told police that the inappropriate touching escalated over multiple massage sessions.

Rose was handed a temporary suspension by USA Cycling on July 27 for “allegations of misconduct.” The organization declined to comment further, stating only that “USA Cycling does not comment on ongoing criminal cases.”

As part of his conditions for bail, a Northampton judge barred Rose from seeking employment where children under 18 are the primary focus of the job and seeking employment with USA Cycling in any capacity before his case is resolved. The Judge also required that Rose have no contact of any kind with the alleged victims and a witness and that Rose surrender his passport.

Joe Lindsey contributed reporting to this story.