Cape author accused of groping girls

Coach is accused of groping players, Brookline High puts him on leave
Author of  ''Fodor's Dining Guide to Boston, Cape Cod, and The Islands"

Jonathan AlsopBy Raja Mishra, Globe Staff, January 24, 2006

Brookline High School's freshman girls basketball coach pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges he inappropriately touched four players during a practice session last week.

Jonathon Alsop, 48 on right, of Brookline faces three counts of indecent assault and battery and one count of assault and battery. Alsop was arrested at his home last week and released on the condition he stay away from the four alleged victims and avoid unsupervised contact with any children younger than 18.

Alsop, who is due back in Brookline District Court on Feb. 13, had no comment yesterday, and his lawyer could not be reached for comment. Members of the basketball team leaving practice yesterday refused to comment, saying that school administrators had instructed them not to talk to the news media.

Alsop is also a widely published specialist on wines, maintaining an online site called In Vino Veritas, as well as writing about wine for numerous newspapers and magazines, according to his website. He wrote ''Fodor's Dining Guide to Boston, Cape Cod, and The Islands" from 1994 to 1999. Alsop also has taught wine, food, and writing classes at adult education centers in Boston, Cambridge, Newton, and Brookline.

His wine column "In Vino Veritas", translates to "In wine there is truth."

Alsop, who is not part of the Brookline High faculty, has been placed on indefinite leave with pay and faces a disciplinary hearing at the school next week. The school said it would hire an interim coach this week. Read the rest of The Globe story here, and comment below.

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