Reporting Karen Anderson
BOSTON (CBS) – There is a possibility that the camp counselor who sexually abused Scott Brown when he was ten-years-old at a Cape Cod religious summer camp could still face criminal charges.
According to Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented hundreds of sexual abuse survivors, a survivor can file charges until the age of 25 for a report of sexual assault.
However, he says in Massachusetts there is an exception: For every day the perpetrator or the sexual abuser leaves the state, the statute is extended for a day. “So he left the state when Scott Brown was a certain age and he’s not come back, Scott Brown could file charges now.”
WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.
Scott Brown has not named the camp or the camp counselor, and his spokeswoman says he does not intend to do so now.
He has not spoken with the camp counselor since the abuse occurred.
Garabedian says he believes there are many other victims of this abuser, he says “Without a doubt.” But he says it’s up to Scott Brown to decide whether to ask for an investigation.
“Senator Brown has a responsibility to himself and his family for his emotional stability. If and when he does report the name publicly of the perpetrator, I am sure it would help other victims come forward and empower other victims and make the world a safer place for children.”