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Apr082011

Camp Loses Accreditation After Abuse Allegations, Employee's Suicide

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(SANDWICH, Mass.) -- Camp Good News, the Cape Cod summer camp at the center of a sexual abuse scandal, has just lost its accreditation with the American Camp Association. This latest news comes on the heels of new sexual abuse allegations by former campers.

A total of five men and one woman have now come forward with stories of being sexually abused while at the camp. On Wednesday, a former long-time maintenance worker at the camp, Charles Devita, shot himself in the head on camp property. Devita was reportedly the target of some of those sexual abuse allegations.

It's been all bad news for Camp Good News since February, when Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown wrote in his book Against All Odds that he had been abused as boy at a summer camp.

That summer camp is widely believed to be Camp Good News. Brown said the abuse happened more than once when he was at summer camp and that his abuser threatened to kill him if he told anyone. Brown has also said he is not interested in pursuing any charges against his alleged abuser or the camp. Officials for Camp Good News confirmed Brown was a camper there and issued a letter of apology to the senator.

The camp has been accredited with the American Camping Association since 1959. According to ACA officials, there have been no past complaints against the camp and it was last inspected in 2009.

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