Four more ex-youth center workers face sex abuse charges

  • FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo is the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester, N.H. New Hampshire's attorney general's office said six men were arrested Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in connection with sexual abuse allegations at the state-run youth detention center. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) Charles Krupa

By staff and wire reports
Published: 4/21/2021 5:00:46 PM

Four more arrests have been made in connection with a broad criminal investigation into physical and sexual abuse allegations at New Hampshire's youth detention center.

Stanley Watson, Victor Malavet, Trevor Middleton and Jonathan Brand together have been charged with 15 counts of sexual assault between 1997 and 2007, the attorney general's office said Wednesday.

Brand, 56, of Concord, faces two counts of felonious sexual assault.

Watson, 52, of Allenstown, faces three counts aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Malavet, 58, of Gilford, faces seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Middleton, 52, of Belmont, faces one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of felonious sexual assault.

The men are among 11 former workers at the Youth Development Center in Manchester who have been arrested this month. The seven others have been charged with either sexual assault or acting as accomplices to assault from 1994 to 2005.

The center, now called the Sununu Youth Services Center, has been the target of a criminal investigation since 2019, as well as a lawsuit in which more than 200 men and women allege they were physically or sexually abused as children by 150 staffers from 1963 to 2018.

The investigation remains active and ongoing, the Attorney General’s Office said.

“The aforementioned arrests do not represent the culmination of the investigation but are merely the next step forward in this comprehensive and multi-faceted investigation,” the Attorney General’s Office stated.

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