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Suicide at camp linked to Scott Brown abuse allegations

Updated: Thursday, 07 Apr 2011, 8:31 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 06 Apr 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

Reviewed by Attorney Pasqualini, Criminal Division Leader

SANDWICH (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - Authorities were investigating an apparent suicide near a Cape Cod youth camp that has come under increased scrutiny since it was linked to a childhood sex abuse allegation by Sen. Scott Brown.

The 43-year-old suicide victim was too young to have any link to the abuse the 51-year-old Brown revealed in his recent memoir. But he was accused of abuse by a man who, spurred by Brown's revelation, came forward this week to say he was molested at the camp more than a decade after Brown was there.

Camp Good News employee Chuck Devita was found dead Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe and Sandwich police Chief Peter Wack said in a statement. His body was found inside a car parked in woods at the camp in Sandwich, they said.

As in any criminal case, the burden of proof rests upon the Commonwealth to prove each element of each offense beyond a reasonable doubt.  Sex crimes against children are no different.  An increase in the length of the statute of limitations may increase the rate of allegations.  However, it does nothing to decrease the burden of proof.  The lack of physical evidence, or a strong witness memory, and the lack of a confession or statement by the suspect all tend to weaken the case of the Commonwealth.  If you've been charged with a crime, such as sexual abuse, contact the experienced   firm of Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC toll free at 1-866-765-0706 or on the web at www.shafferengle.com.  You may write to Attorney Pasqualini directly at Elisabeth@shafferengle.com

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