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Lawyer: New Abuse Allegations Leveled At Cape Cod Camp

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A Cape Cod christian summer camp where a longtime employee apparently killed himself is the target of additional sexual abuse claims.

A lawyer for abuse victims says two more former campers at Camp Good News in Sandwich contacted him Thursday, but he says they claim to have been abused by someone other than the man who died. Three people had already come forward Wednesday.

Operators of the camp issued a statement denying a report that the mother of the man who died had once tried to alert them that he might be abusing children. Camp officials have had no response, though, to any abuse allegations.

Charles Devita was found dead at the camp on Wednesday.

Camp Good News said Thursday that its former director, Faith Willard, recalls a single phone call from Sandra Devita, when Devita asked Willard to have her son call her, but didn't bring up the issue of abuse.

Devita says she alerted camp officials, who "brushed it off."

The camp had already been in the news when it was linked with abuse allegations leveled by Sen. Scott Brown.

Brown wrote in his memoir that he was abused in the 1970s at youth camp he didn't name. Camp Good News later apologized to Brown. A spokeswoman for Brown says he didn't know Devita.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

This program aired on April 7, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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