June 22, 2021

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Sexual abuse allegations expand to New Hampshire’s second youth center

Sexual abuse allegations expand to New Hampshire's second youth center


CONCORD: Four former youth detention center workers accused of sexual assault made their first court appearances in New Hampshire on Thursday, including one accused of repeatedly abusing a girl in a “candy warehouse” in a second state facility. .
The state made 11 arrests this month in connection with a large investigation into allegations of physical and sexual abuse at the Manchester Youth Development Center, now called the Sununu Youth Services Center. The allegations against Victor Malavet, however, are the first to involve the Concord Youth Detention Services Unit, where children are being held while the courts decide their cases.
Malavet, 58, of Gilford, is charged with seven counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, all against a girl detained at the Concord facility in 2001. According to court documents, he assaulted her in multiple rooms, including a laundry. , a TV room and what investigators have called a “candy store”.
During his court appearance on Thursday, a judge read the allegations but postponed a bail hearing later in the day to give him time to speak with his lawyer. The other three men arrested on Wednesday – Jonathan Brand, Trevor Middleton and Stanley Watson – also appeared in court but their bail hearings were scheduled for Friday because they had no lawyers.
The Manchester facility is named after the former Gov. John H. Sununu, father of the current governor. It has been the subject of a criminal investigation since 2019, as well as a lawsuit in which more than 200 men and women claim to have been physically or sexually abused as children by 150 staff members from 1963 to 2018. According to their lawyer, the children they were a gang raped by councilors, beaten while raped, forced to compete for food in “wrestling clubs” set up by councilors and locked up in solitary confinement for weeks or months.
Seven former workers at the Manchester facility were arrested earlier this month and charged with sexual assault or accomplices in the assault of 12 teenagers from 1994 to 2005. Malavet and the three other men arrested this week are accused of assaulting five victims between 1997 and 2007.
Brand, 56, of Concord, is accused of two sexual assault charges involving a boy in 2007. Middleton, 52, of Belmont, is accused of being involved in a sexual assault scheme involving a boy between 1999 and 2001. Watson faces three charges involving two boys between 1997 and 1999.