Man Commits Suicide At The Camp Linked To Sen. Brown

SANDWICH (CBS) – A man committed suicide Wednesday at the camp linked to Sen. Scott Brown’s sexual abuse claim, as more people have now emerged alleging abuse at the camp.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager spoke with a stunned co-worker.

Workers at the camp tell WBZ-TV that Chuck Devita shot and killed himself at Camp Good News in Sandwich Wednesday morning.

Devita, 43, had worked at the camp for several years. The Camp Good News website describes Devita as the head of the camp’s Physical Plant. The camp’s secretary, Cathy Chiccotelli described Devita as a good person.

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Chuck Devita, 43, died of an apparent suicide on Wednesday. (credit:

“You couldn’t ask for a nicer person,” said Chiccotelli.

Devita apparently left a note, saying he was tired of being investigated as a child molester.

A source tells CBS News that child sex abuse allegations against Devita were made two weeks ago, dating back to incidents in 1985. The accuser is now 35 years old, which would make Devita 18 and the child 10 at the time. The source also confirms that Sandwich Police were alerted to Devita by a former camp employee as recently as September 2002 for possession of child pornography.

Other campers WBZ talked to couldn’t believe the allegations, and the fact that Devita apparently took his own life.

“He was so nice, and could fix anything for you. He was a man of God, I can’t begin to beleive it, ” said Jaimie Costa, a camper.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents one of the former campers, said three additional people called him on Wednesday to say they were abused at that camp. Two of them named Devita as the abuser, while the third person named somebody else.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano spoke to Garabedian:

But, Garabedian says his main concern now is his current client, who recently brought the allegations against Devita this week. He said that client is numb after hearing about Devita’s death because he wanted to confront him in court.

“It’s sad. You don’t want to hear of anyone dying or committing suicide, so you want to respect the fact that he passed away,” said Garabedian.

Garabedian added the crimimal case against Devita will now disappear but he said he plans to file a civil lawsuit on behalf of his client.

Investigators released a joint statement Wednesday afternoon.

“This individual, an employee of Camp Good News, was the subject of a recent allegation of abuse of a child. The allegation was of an historical nature. Notwithstanding the discovery today, any and all allegations of abuse will continue to be investigated concerning this camp. The matter remains under investigation by Sandwich PD, the State PD and DA’s Office.”

The camp also issued a brief statement:

“The Camp Good News family is deeply saddened by the loss of our long time employee.  Our heartfelt prayers are with Chuck’s family.”

Sen. Brown had little to say when asked about the incident by a reporter in Washington, D.C.

“I don’t have any of the facts,” he said and walked away.

WBZ’s Jon Keller reports on the potential fallout for Sen. Brown:

These new allegations follow revelations from Sen. Brown that he was molested while at a summer camp on the Cape when he was a child.

Brown has never confirmed the name of the camp, but Camp Good News has confirmed Brown was there when he was 10 years old. The camp also sent a letter of apology to Brown.

Garabedian said his client initially came forward after learning about Brown’s incident.

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

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  • donna landry

    Senator Brown really needs to come forward and put a name to this awful mess.

    • Shelby

      Ummm Senator Brown doesn’t have to do anything. He’s done enough. How easy is it to come forward with something like that-tell the world the secret thats been shaming you since you were little?? What would you do? I admire Scott Brown so much for his courage & the fact the he is an example for other people who have to live with this pain. He’s probably healed more people by sharing his story then you can imagine. Give poor Scott Brown a break!!

      • Thomas Hood

        Courage? There’s no courage in making a shocking allegation to help sell your book then refusing to substantiate it and letting the guy that did it off the hook. No courage at all. It was purely a publicity stunt. Scott Walker gets no credit from me.

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  • Cynic

    The Sandwich Police have been aware of him since 2002? Looks like nine years is not enough time to actually DO SOMETHING about him.

  • paul

    Thank you senator Brown for having the courage to bring this into the light of day. The same thing happened to me. The perpetrator in my case has been prosecuted for many other cases. My good friend was a victim of repeated attacks by catholic priests as a child and it ruined his life as well as his parents’ lives.

  • AMJ

    Donna & Thomas~

    Had you been through a similar incident (for a lack of better words), I would like to see you come forward to the public with names.

    Admitting to anyone, let alone the public, of having endured such an incident is hard enough, but to put a name to this horrendous incident is even more challenging.

    The admission of such an event may have sold books but it provided support to those who have endured a similar incident and hopefully provided these same victims with courage…courage to stand up for themselves, courage to save others and the courage to live their lives to the best of their ability.

  • siobhan

    I read a report stating that it turned out not to be child porn at all. It was adult porn. They said he was a teenage counselor and he was remorseful . The article also said the peron, another counselor, who turned him into authorities was a habitual liar.

  • Siobhan

    Why would Senator Brown with hold the name of this individual..something is fishy! So, because HE has decided he wants to put it behind him, other little children could fall into the hands of this alleged perpetrator? This makes NO sense.

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  • macmum

    Senator Brown did a great job inspiring others to come forward. Maybe he doesn’t see the point of disclosing the person’s name, perhaps because his abuser is already dead? If that’s the case, what’s the point of shaming the guy’s family just because he was a slime ball? Just a thought.

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  • BostonIrish

    I was suspicious as to why Senator Brown chose not ot name the abuser. The history of alleged abuse seems to be stretching across more than a decade, and, unless I’ve got my scorecard wrong, at least 3 child molesters working at the camp. Sad.

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