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Apr062011

Body Found at Camp Where Sen. Brown Alleged He Was Molested

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(SANDWICH, Mass.) -- The body of a man who committed suicide was found Wednesday at the summer camp where U.S. Sen. Scott Brown said he was sexually abused as a child.

The body was discovered shortly after police confirmed they were launching an investigation into complaints by a second man who came forward to say he had also been molested at the camp when he was a 10-year-old boy back in 1985.

A heavy police presence was seen at Camp Good News in the town of Sandwich on Cape Cod, Mass., at about 10:34 a.m., according to ABCNews' Boston affiliate WCVB-TV. Massachusetts State Police released few details about the death.

Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Matthew Murray told ABC News the body was that of a man who was "an apparent suicide by gunshot wound."

Brown, a Republican, revealed earlier this year that he was abused at Camp Good News in Sandwich. He wrote about it in a book entitled Against All Odds.

Brown's office had no comment Wednesday.

The Cape and Island's District Attorney's office launched an investigation this week into an allegation that the former 10-year-old camper was molested by an employee who still works at the camp.

"My first reaction was, 'Is it the alleged perpetrator?,'" said Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer representing the man, who was not identified. Garabedian said his client is also wondering who the deceased may be.

"We don't know," Garabedian said. He said only camp workers would likely be there at this time of year, where they live year-round in cabins. Students are only on sight in the summer for camp. The man who allegedly abused his client has been referred to as either a counselor or an assistant director.

Garabedian said earlier this week that his client "was inspired to come forward because Scott Brown came forward. He felt empowered."

Garabedian said the former camper, who is now an adult, came to him two weeks ago and disclosed that he had been abused when he was a camper more than 25 years ago by a counselor or assistant director. 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 said that his client would "fully cooperate" with any investigation because "he wants to make the world a safer place for children."

Garabedian described the complainant on Tuesday 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." 

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