MARBLEHEAD — The mother of a former youth hockey coach charged with molesting boys he was hired to teach will ask a judge next month what sort of sentence she would receive if she pleads guilty to witness intimidation.
Louise Martino, 56, of Winthrop, was charged last year after allegedly sending Facebook messages to the mother of one of her son's accusers, suggesting that she had potentially embarrassing information about the woman.
Her son, Christopher Prew, 32, had been set to stand trial this week, but the trial was postponed after his attorney, Michael Doolin, was nominated for a judgeship. A status hearing is scheduled for June 28, to determine when Prew's new lawyer will be ready to try the case.
Martino and her lawyer, Sean Donahue, were in Salem Superior Court on Tuesday for a hearing to schedule a trial in her case. Donahue instead asked Judge Thomas Drechsler to schedule a lobby conference, a meeting with the judge to discuss a possible resolution of the case short of a trial.
Drechsler scheduled that conference for July 16 at 2 p.m.
Earlier this year, Donahue had argued for dismissal of the charge, saying the grand jury that indicted Martino lacked sufficient evidence to find probable cause for the charge. Judge Salim Tabit denied that motion.
More recently, Donahue filed a motion seeking to suppress evidence in the case, but that was withdrawn when prosecutor Kate MacDougall told the court she did not intend to use the particular evidence Donahue was seeking to suppress, according to the case docket.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis.