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Friday
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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Tuesday
Apr052011

Sexually Abused Senator's Story Inspires Former Camper to Come Forward

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Image(BOSTON) -- Prosecutors have launched an investigation into a a second case of alleged sexual abuse at the summer camp where Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown was sexually molested as a child.

The investigation began after a second former camper, encouraged by Brown's admission, has revealed to his lawyer that he was also sexually abused at Camp Good News, the summer camp Brown attended as a child.

"He was inspired to come forward because Scott Brown came forward. He felt empowered," said Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer representing the man, who was not identified.

Garabedian said the former camper, who is now an adult, came to him two weeks ago and disclosed that when he was a 10-year-old summer camper in 1985 a counselor or assistant director had allegedly abused him. The lawyer took the allegations to the Barnstable County District Attorney's office, which has promised to investigate.

A Massachusetts state trooper called Garabedian's office Tuesday looking to get in touch with the victim. Garabedian confirmed that his client will "fully cooperate" with any investigation because "he wants to make the world a safer place for children."

Garabedian described the complainant as a single man living in the Boston area. Garabedian said, "He is in a lot of emotional pain, but now that he has come forward my client feels as though a great weight has been lifted."

According to the D.A.'s office, after the Massachusetts State Police have finished their investigation, the report will go to the D.A.'s office for review. It may be difficult for the district attorney's office to proceed with the case. The statute of limitations on sexual abuse charges in Massachusetts varies with the kind of abuse that occurred. However, any incident that occurred more than 27 years ago needs to have some corroborating evidence in addition to the victim's statement in order to prosecute the case.

Brown, a Republican, disclosed an account of his abuse at the same summer camp in his recently published book Against All Odds. Brown said the abuse happened more than once when he was a summer camper at Camp Good News 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.

Calls to Camp Good News were not returned Tuesday, although in a previously released statement the camp has said it is shocked by the news that one of its counselors may have harmed a camper in this way. The camp has also said it conducts full background checks on all of its employees.

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Friday
Oct222010

US Senator Calls for Investigation After College Football Star's Death

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The family of a New York college football player who was shot by police then left to die without medical attention has an attorney and a U.S. senator helping to find out what precipitated the young man's death.

"While we know there are lots of versions, lots of stories that have come out, we're just trying to get to the absolute truth here," Danroy Henry, Sr. told ABC News Friday.  "We owe it to our son," he said.  "We owe it to his legacy."

Danroy Henry, Jr., a 20-year-old student at Pace University, was killed last weekend as he sat in his car with his friends after a night out in suburban Mount Pleasant celebrating a homecoming game.  But there are differing accounts of what happened and a cell phone video showing the chaos failed to capture what triggered the shooting.

Police say they were responding to an unruly crowd outside a bar, and when officers approached Henry's car, parked in a fire lane, and knocked on the window, the college student tried to speed away and struck an officer.  Police say an officer was thrown onto the hood of Henry's car and then opened fire.

But Henry's teammates, who were in the car with him, said they thought police were simply asking them to move out of the fire lane when the officer tapped on the window, and then as soon as Henry began to move the car, police began shooting.

Henry was then taken out of the car and cuffed.  He was left on the ground while paramedics treated officers for minor, non-life threatening injuries, according to some accounts.

A lawyer for three of Henry's teammates said they were all handcuffed and arrested after begging for help and trying to give Henry CPR.  One was allegedly hit with a Taser as he tried to help his dying friend.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, whose district includes the Henrys' hometown of North Easton, Massachusetts, has called for a thorough investigation.

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