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  • Suspected Child Molester Found Dead at Mass. Camp

    The Boston Herald-Boston, Massachusetts
    By Dave Wedge And Joe Dwinell
    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    A man accused of sexual assault at Camp Good News in Sandwich was found dead today from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

    It’s the same Cape Cod camp where U.S. Sen. Scott Brown spent summers as a boy. Brown said in his memoir “Against All Odds” that he was abused at a Cape “Christian” camp and after the book came out Camp Good News confirmed he had attended the summer getaway and apologized to the senator.

    The dead man was identified as Charles “Chuck” R. Devita by attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents a client allegedly molested by the longtime camp employee. Devita, who is shown on the camp’s Web site, has not been identified by law enforcement officials.

    He apparently took his own life with a gunshot to the head and was found in his vehicle outside the camp, a law enforcement source told the Herald.

    The Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe and Sandwich Police Chief Peter Wack said today in a joint statement that the man was found dead from an apparent “self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

    The suspect was recently accused of abusing a child who is now a grown man, they said. That probe will continue, despite today’s death.

    The 43-year-old man left a couple of notes indicating he was going to take his own life, the source tells the Herald. The notes indicated that he was “tired of being accused” of molestation and also said goodbyes to loved ones, the source said.

    Local and state police descended on the camp earlier this morning. A flatbed truck left the camp early this afternoon with a pickup truck on it.

    Garabedian tells the Herald his client was supposed to meet with a state police investigator about today’s death. Garabedian said his client alleges he was repeatedly sexually assaulted at the overnight camp in 1985 by Devita.

    Garabedian said three other people have now come forward today alleging they were also sexually assaulted at the camp — two from Devita and one from another man.

    “Another individual has come forward alleging that he was molested by a different individual. I am currently investigating,” Garabedian said.

    The attorney, who represented dozens of victims of pedophile priests during the Catholic Church sex scandal, said if the dead man is confirmed to be the alleged molester, the criminal case would end but he said he would likely continue to pursue the case civilly.

    Garabedian said he has not spoken with Brown about the case.

    O’Keefe this week launched an investigation into the latest allegation.

    The camp has been in the news since Brown revealed this winter in his book that a camp counselor on the Cape molested him in the 1970s.

    O’Keefe’s office began a probe into the allegations in Brown’s book but the investigation has been dropped and Brown has declined to pursue any charges. Brown said on the Howie Carr show today on WRKO (AM-680) that today’s death does not relate to his case.


    “I have no evidence at all that the person who did it to me 42 years ago is number one even alive or number two is doing it again,” he said. “I’m moving forward in my own way at my own pace with my support system.”

    A spokesman for the camp said in a statement today: “Camp Good News has been notified about a body being found. We are awaiting identification from the medical examiner before commenting.”
    Everybody counts or no one counts.
    -Harry Bosch



    Some of you may remember that in my early days I was sort of a bleeding heart liberal. Then I became a man and put away childish things.
    -Ronald Reagan

  • #2
    Worse case of suicide I have ever seen.

    Not really



    About 10 yrs ago one of our more prevalent Chomos got out on parole. ........................He quickly found a woman to leech off of for a place to live (oh did I mention that she also had a young son)


    Yep he started molesting the boy.
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    Mom finally believed the boy -----------------------------Chomo was found about 200 yrds south of the Iowa /Missouri border with a shotgun blast to his chest.

    Shotgun was found about 100 yrds south of the border.


    Missouri sheriff declared it a suicide after consultation with the Iowa sheriff across the border.



    YES it is a true story.
    Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
      Worse case of suicide I have ever seen.

      Not really



      About 10 yrs ago one of our more prevalent Chomos got out on parole. ........................He quickly found a woman to leech off of for a place to live (oh did I mention that she also had a young son)


      Yep he started molesting the boy.
      .
      .
      .
      .
      Mom finally believed the boy -----------------------------Chomo was found about 200 yrds south of the Iowa /Missouri border with a shotgun blast to his chest.

      Shotgun was found about 100 yrds south of the border.


      Missouri sheriff declared it a suicide after consultation with the Iowa sheriff across the border.



      YES it is a true story.
      Wow. That sounds like Massachusetts!
      Everybody counts or no one counts.
      -Harry Bosch



      Some of you may remember that in my early days I was sort of a bleeding heart liberal. Then I became a man and put away childish things.
      -Ronald Reagan

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      • #4
        Originally posted by redsox2010 View Post
        The Boston Herald-Boston, Massachusetts
        By Dave Wedge And Joe Dwinell
        Wednesday, April 6, 2011

        A man accused of sexual assault at Camp Good News in Sandwich was found dead today from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

        It’s the same Cape Cod camp where U.S. Sen. Scott Brown spent summers as a boy. Brown said in his memoir “Against All Odds” that he was abused at a Cape “Christian” camp and after the book came out Camp Good News confirmed he had attended the summer getaway and apologized to the senator.

        The dead man was identified as Charles “Chuck” R. Devita by attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents a client allegedly molested by the longtime camp employee. Devita, who is shown on the camp’s Web site, has not been identified by law enforcement officials.

        He apparently took his own life with a gunshot to the head and was found in his vehicle outside the camp, a law enforcement source told the Herald.

        The Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe and Sandwich Police Chief Peter Wack said today in a joint statement that the man was found dead from an apparent “self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

        The suspect was recently accused of abusing a child who is now a grown man, they said. That probe will continue, despite today’s death.

        The 43-year-old man left a couple of notes indicating he was going to take his own life, the source tells the Herald. The notes indicated that he was “tired of being accused” of molestation and also said goodbyes to loved ones, the source said.

        Local and state police descended on the camp earlier this morning. A flatbed truck left the camp early this afternoon with a pickup truck on it.

        Garabedian tells the Herald his client was supposed to meet with a state police investigator about today’s death. Garabedian said his client alleges he was repeatedly sexually assaulted at the overnight camp in 1985 by Devita.

        Garabedian said three other people have now come forward today alleging they were also sexually assaulted at the camp — two from Devita and one from another man.

        “Another individual has come forward alleging that he was molested by a different individual. I am currently investigating,” Garabedian said.

        The attorney, who represented dozens of victims of pedophile priests during the Catholic Church sex scandal, said if the dead man is confirmed to be the alleged molester, the criminal case would end but he said he would likely continue to pursue the case civilly.

        Garabedian said he has not spoken with Brown about the case.

        O’Keefe this week launched an investigation into the latest allegation.

        The camp has been in the news since Brown revealed this winter in his book that a camp counselor on the Cape molested him in the 1970s.

        O’Keefe’s office began a probe into the allegations in Brown’s book but the investigation has been dropped and Brown has declined to pursue any charges. Brown said on the Howie Carr show today on WRKO (AM-680) that today’s death does not relate to his case.


        “I have no evidence at all that the person who did it to me 42 years ago is number one even alive or number two is doing it again,” he said. “I’m moving forward in my own way at my own pace with my support system.”

        A spokesman for the camp said in a statement today: “Camp Good News has been notified about a body being found. We are awaiting identification from the medical examiner before commenting.”


        Well, if he was guilty of this, they should start a campaign for all other child molesters to follow the actions of Mr. Devita in his memory. Save children's lives and dignity and tax payer money. If he wasn't guilty, I retract my previous statement . But, if your so confident in your innocence, why give your self a moon roof?
        Last edited by jason860; 04-06-2011, 08:32 PM.
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        • #5
          Iowa read my thoughts.
          I like the way they made it look self inflicted.
          Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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          • #6
            Shot twice in the back of the head with a bolt action rifle.....worst case of suicide on record.....
            The posts on this forum by this poster are of his personal opinion, and his personal opinion alone

            "Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason"

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            • #7
              I like the one about the guy found in the lake weighted down with chains. the sheriff said, "Damn fool, stole more chain than he could swim with."
              Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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              • #8
                One of the guys I worked with was accused of sexually assaulting the teen foster daughter they had taken in. The process sent him over the edge and he committed suicide. The investigation proved that the girl had lied about the abuse, had lied about previous abuse in another foster care setting, and my co-worker and his wife had not been informed of it.

                Not defending this guy if he is guilty, just letting you know some people are not able to survive the process of finding the truth.
                Though their numbers are many, as the grass upon the field, we will count them at the end of the day.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kingsman View Post
                  One of the guys I worked with was accused of sexually assaulting the teen foster daughter they had taken in. The process sent him over the edge and he committed suicide. The investigation proved that the girl had lied about the abuse, had lied about previous abuse in another foster care setting, and my co-worker and his wife had not been informed of it.

                  Not defending this guy if he is guilty, just letting you know some people are not able to survive the process of finding the truth.
                  That is very true

                  A number of years ago one of my colleagues was accused of molesting a prisoner.

                  The department threw him under the bus ------------------he also committed suicide.

                  During the civil trial where the woman was suing the state reference the "rape"----------------it was proven that neither the rape, molestation or ANY type of sexual contact happened.
                  Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

                  My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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                  • #10
                    The accuser should be made to "commit suicide".
                    Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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