High-profile NBA trainer accused of drugging, raping woman in Boston held on $30K bail

BOSTON (WLNE) — A high-profile private NBA trainer, who worked with Boston Celtics player Al Horford, appeared in Boston court Tuesday to face rape charges stemming from an incident in downtown Boston earlier this month.

In Boston Municipal Court, Robert McClanaghan, 43, of Warwick, plead not guilty to a charge accusing him of raping and drugging a woman.

A judge held McClanaghan on $30,000 bail with a no contact order and ordered him to surrender his passport, stay in Rhode Island while the case is pending, and wear a GPS tracking device.

The 43-year-old is only allowed to travel outside of the state to meet with his attorney.

McClanaghan’s next court date is on Jan. 30.

According to a police report, the victim told police she met McClanaghan on a dating app and agreed to meet on Nov. 2.

The woman and 43-year-old met in Providence that day, read the report.

On Nov. 3, they met at the Rose Town Kitchen and Bar in the hotel the victim was staying at in Boston.

They had “1-2 drinks, and decided to go up to her hotel room,” where she remembers taking her belt off and then blacking out, according to an arrest warrant. The woman woke up naked with bruises and blood on the lower half of her body.

“The victim states that in her blacked out or drugged state she did not have the ability or capability to consent to any sexual acts,” read the police report.

Surveillance video shows McClanaghan sprinkling something over her drink that was consistent with how a substance would be placed in a drink.

Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden commented, saying, “There’s a prototype with these sorts of individuals, these cases are about power, and for me and for our offices it doesn’t matter who you are.”

McClanaghan, who has worked with names like LeBron James and Steph Curry, was arrested last Friday in East Greenwich on a warrant issued out of Boston Municipal Court.

McClanaghan was arraigned in Kent County District Court Monday and charged as a fugitive of justice. The suspect waived extradition and was taken to Boston to face a judge.

A Kent County judge denied McClanaghan’s attorney’s request for bail.

“The defendant self-reports in an online essay he wrote that having struggled significantly with mental health, issues including a 2019 attempt on his own life,” Assistant District Attorney, Erin Murphy, of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit in Suffolk County, said in court.

Officials wonder whether his mental illness struggles and the incident are related.

McClanaghan’s arrest comes after an investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit, and Warwick Police Department.

Following a search of McClanaghan’s East Greenwich home, that discovered the victim’s underwear as well as items used for bondage, McClanaghan’s defense attorney, Kelli Porges said, “anything that was found in his house, there’s nothing to indicate that he raped this woman, drugged this woman, and frankly, we don’t have any evidence of toxicology.”

The district attorney’s office told ABC 6 News that toxicology reports take a few weeks to obtain, but with evidence collected in the hotels surveillance video, they are able to move forward with the case as charged.

In addition to the arrest, Boston police are reminding the public of the dangers of scentless, colorless, and tasteless drugs that could be roofies.

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