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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