Ex-school principal faces child rape charges

BOSTON — A former Boston college administrator accused of sexually abusing a child has been released without bail on arraignment, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Michael McDonald, 40, pleaded not guilty on Monday to aggravated child rape, posing a child in a state of nudity, possessing child sexual abuse material and disseminating material harmful to a minor , according to a statement from the Suffolk District Office. Attorney Rachael Rollins.

He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, to have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 and to surrender his passport.

McDonald’s denies the charges.

“Michael McDonald is shocked and devastated to have been falsely accused of these acts,” his attorney, Dan Gaudet, said in a statement. “The allegations against him couldn’t be further from the truth.”

McDonald, a former dean of students at Dearborn Middle School, used “his position of trust to attack a child,” Rollins said. He has also worked or volunteered for several school and private programs for youth at risk.

The alleged abuse began in 2013 when the boy was 15, prosecutors said. Although the conduct continued for years, due to state law, prosecutors were only able to pursue charges for alleged conduct that occurred before the youngster’s 16th birthday.

Martha K. Merrill