Criminal Investigation At Cape Camp Linked To Brown Abuse

BOSTON (CBS) – Back in February, Senator Scott Brown revealed in his autobiography that he was sexually abused by a camp counselor on the Cape when he was 10 years old.

Now, the camp where the abuse may have taken place is under investigation.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Brown has not named the camp, but the director of Camp Good News in Sandwich confirmed Brown was a camper there when he was 10.

Another former camper now says he was molested several times there when he was 10.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents the former camper, referred the allegation to the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office on Monday.

The district attorney’s office has launched an investigation into the new complaint.

“Scott Brown’s admission has emboldened my client, and allowed him to speak out about what happened,” says attorney Mitchell Garabedian.

Prosecutors said they have received a number of calls about other incidents at the camp, but they would not say what they are.

According to the attorney, his client is now in his late 30’s, and living in the Boston area. But as a boy in the 1980s he attended Camp Good News, and was sexually assaulted by a councilor there.

“He was 10 years old, and was assaulted several times,” says Garabedian. Garabedian said he has been told the employee who allegedly assaulted his client in the mid-1980s still works at Camp Good News.

The camp’s assistant director said Tuesday she did not know who the suspect might be, but Dr. Karen Carlson said, “The fact that people have come forward is positive for the community, but I guess it’s bad for the camp, which has been helping kids for 75 years.”

In an interview with WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Tuesday, Brown once again stressed he has not said he was abused at that specific camp. However, the current director has said Brown did attend the camp as a youngster. Sen. Brown added that writing about his experience has helped many people.

”I was just talking about my life and my life experiences, and while it was a small part of my life, it wasn’t the only part of my life and if I can help people move forward and come forward, then that’s even better,” he said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Deb Lawler talks to Brown

“It’s something that I wasn’t quite sure how it would be received, but the more I talk about it, the more comfortable I get and I think it’s helped others feel the same way. I’ve had so many people tell me for the first time about their personal experiences. It’s deeply moving and I’m thankful for that opportunity.”

It’s not clear if the person was the same counselor who allegedly molested Brown.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.

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  • Thomas Hood

    If Brown had ratted the councelor out any time in the intervening 15 or 20 years between when Brown was molested and when this guy was, then the councelor would be in jail and this guy (and how many others?) would not have had to undure that same trauma.

    Always tell. Always.

    • macmum

      Thomas – you obviously don’t understand the shame factor involved with actually being a victim. somehow you “believe” it’s your fault and you avoid bringing it to light. Don’t blame Sen. Brown for now speaking up…blame the perp for being a perp

      • Thomas Hood

        I blame Sen. Brown for not divulging the name of the councelor now. Beyond that, I take your point. I can’t claim to understand the psychology of this kind of trauma. The guy still works there though. Sen. Brown has an obligation to name names at this point. He’s the one that brought all this up in his book. No time for shame now.

  • Paris

    I agree that Scott should name him “Out Loud” to take the shame away from the victims and place it firmly where it belongs “With the perpetrator” Anyone who is in a position of power in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is morally responsible for the safety, security and well-being of all citizens in the Commonwealth if there is information that could prevent another innocent victim from falling prey to such a sick and demented unreported criminal. The statue of limitations may unfortunately be up but that does not mean that he can’t be punished legally in some way, shape or form even by public humiliation. Afterall all of his victims have sustained unspeakable and brutalizing damage for the rest of their lives. Not to mentions… Secrets keep us, SICK! It isn’t until we can acknowledge our pasts that we are able to heal and move forward.
    I would be curious to see if this person lived nearby or right around the corner and was the same person who was sexually abusing neighborhood boys? If anyone has any information I would like to compare notes. God Bless all the victims.

  • Jerri

    Sen. Brown was only 10 when this happened,so we cant say he should have did this or that,we dont know why he never said anything until now,BUT if the individual responsible for these acts is still alive,then I hope that he will be arrested,charged and punished for his despicable deeds..

  • teremist

    Child rapists, do not just violate the body. They enjoy the torture of the mind and spirit as much as the pain, fear, and shame they inflict. Many of them DELIBERATELY blame the child, or imply that something the child did or said was the cause. Some use horrific threats against other family or friends to buy the silence of their victims. The child may be left blaming “something about me” feeling empty, worthless, depressed and robbed of all human dignity. Some kill themselves, some turn later to alcohol or drugs. All are damaged for a lifetime.

  • etothex

    Are you surprised? It’s a Christian camp.

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