Under-Investigation Camp Staffer Is Apparent Suicide Victim

There are new sexual abuse allegations against an employee of a Christian summer camp on Cape Cod who authorities believe committed suicide Wednesday morning.

Cape prosecutors confirm that the man found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at Camp Good News in Sandwich Wednesday morning was the target of a sexual abuse investigation.

The man who says he was repeatedly molested while a camper in the 1980s is represented by attorney Mitchell Garabedian. Though officials haven't publicly identified the dead man, Garabedian tells WBUR two more people came forward Wednesday to say they were also abused by the apparent suicide victim, Charles "Chuck" DeVita.

DeVita, 43, from Sandwich, is a longtime employee of Camp Good News. DeVita was a camp counselor there in the 1980s.

Camp Good News has had no comment so far on the latest allegations. It's said only it's "deeply saddened by the loss of our long time employee. Our heartfelt prayers are with Chuck's family".

Prosecutors had previously acknowledged that they were investigating an allegation that someone still employed at the camp had repeatedly molested a camper there in the 1980s.

Sen. Scott Brown, who said he was abused at the age of 10 while at a Christian summer camp, refuses to say if he attended Camp Good News, though the camp apologized to Brown earlier this year.

The age difference shows that DaVita could not be the same person alleged to have abused Brown, who is 51.


This program aired on April 6, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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