FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — An assistant basketball and football coach at Fall River's B.M.C. Durfee High School has been charged with raping a preteen girl over a two-year period.

James F. Lee III was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty at his arraignment Monday on two counts of rape of a child with force and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

The 34-year-old Lee was arrested two weeks ago in Maryland, where prosecutors say he fled after the alleged victim's mother confronted him.

The Herald News (http://bit.ly/1cRpODs ) reports the allegations came to light last month when the now 13-year-old girl told a friend, who told adults.

Lee's attorney, Joseph Keegan, says the girl's accounts are inconsistent and there is no physical evidence in the case.


Information from: The (Fall River, Mass.) Herald News, http://www.heraldnews.com