Bad News at Good News Camp

Last night I posted that prosecutors are looking into sexual abuse allegations relating to an employee at the Good News Christian Camp on Cape Cod–the same camp at which Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown says he was sexually abused by a counselor when he was a young boy.

Today an employee at the camp shot himself. And officials say he is the employee who was recently accused by another man who was abused at the camp when he was 10 years old. From The Boston Globe:

An employee of a Christian summer camp on Cape Cod shot himself to death today just days after he became the focus of a criminal investigation into allegations that he sexually abused a camper during the 1980s, officials said.

In a joint statement released this afternoon, Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe and Sandwich Police Chief Peter Wack said the man was dead when he was found near his vehicle on the grounds of Camp Good News this morning.

[….]

The dead man’s name was not released by authorities. But Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents a former camper who brought a sex abuse allegation to prosecutors on Monday, said the employee was his client’s alleged abuser: Charles “Chuck” Devita, 43, who is listed on the camp’s website as part of the leadership team and director of the physical plant.

Devita left behind notes insisting “that he never did anything being alleged and was, indeed, sick of being accused,” according to a law enforcement official.

What a coward. He spends decades abusing vulnerable young boys, and when he’s finally caught he checks out, leaving a note claiming innocence.

Meanwhile, Scott Brown says his abuse took place in the 1970’s, more than 40 years ago. He refuses to identify his abuser, but now we know that the Camp has employed at least two pedophiles.

According to the Boston Herald:

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.

So…maybe three pedophiles have worked for this “Christian” camp. Let’s hope parents in Massachusetts stop sending their kids to this place, and learn to be vigilant about what is going on with their kids in the future. Parents need to be aware that pedophiles seek out jobs where they will have access to children.

It’s important for parents to discuss these kinds of situations with children in age appropriate ways. If nothing else, being open with your kids might help them feel safe to talk to you if, goddess forbid, they are approached by a sexual abuser.


6 Comments on “Bad News at Good News Camp”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Accused abuser called “God’s blessing” by former campers.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    Yes, I am one of those paranoid parents that keep my kids away from places like this. Camps and I am always leery about guys who seem so “giving” to kids, or the handicap. Thank you for this post BB.

    • Seriously says:

      Yeah, I was just thinking of how few female youth ministers and things like that there seem to be. When you have all these guys in supervisory and mentoring positions with kids, it just seems like common sense to have a lot more girls and women around, as staff and as volunteers.

  3. Laurie says:

    Well, I like Scott Brown a lot more now than I did before.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Dead camp counselor’s mom feared he was molesting kids.

    Sandra Devita, who now lives in Florida, told the Boston Herald she feared her son might be a molester and she confronted him about it, but he then stopped talking to her 19 years ago.

    “He’s my kid, I hate to say it … I was afraid of this. He was doing some stuff that I thought was strange,” she told the Herald.

    • bostonboomer says:

      The camp issued a statement saying, “The Camp Good News family is deeply saddened by the loss of our long time employee. Our heartfelt prayers are with Chuck’s family,” and a current camp worker vouched for his character.

      “Chuck is by far one of the most wonderful people I have ever met. He has a heart of gold and would give anyone the shirt off his back,” co-worker Kathy Ciccotelli said.

      I wonder if they feel the same way about the other two child abusers they employed? How many others have there been?