Politics Sex abuse charges expand to second New Hampshire youth center
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Charges made in a New Hampshire physical and sexual abuse investigation have expanded to a second youth center, after an additional man was arrested Wednesday.
, Victor Malavet, a former youth detention center worker, was charged with seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, all of them against a girl who was located at the Youth Detention Services Unit in Concord, N.H.
Assistant Attorney General Timothy Sullivan, according to AP, said that soon after the girl arrived at the Concord unit, Malavet started to pay special attention to her. He would reportedly treat her better than other residents and grant her special privileges.
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Sullivan said that she was "selected to be the resident who would go to a candy storage room to pick out candy for the other residents," but once inside the closet, she was pressured into having sex.
Malavet was later transferred to a different unit in Manchester after other staffers reported that "there was something going on between the two of them," AP reported.
The Manchester unit, however, is the same facility where earlier this month in connection to sexual abuse allegations.
Malavet's attorney, public defender Catherine Flinchbaugh, has maintained her client's innocence, saying that Malavet absolutely denies the allegations, and requesting for him to be released on personal recognizance, according to the AP.
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Three other former youth detention center workers were also charged with sexual assault on Wednesday, according to the AP: Jonathan Brand, Trevor Middleton and Stanley Watson.
The four men are accused of assaulting five victims between 1997 and 2007, the AP reported. They all made their initial court hearings on Thursday.
The arrests of Malavet and others are part of a broad criminal investigation into physical and sexual abuse allegations at the Youth Detention Center in Manchester, which is now known as the Sununu Youth Services Center, according to the AP. The investigation has been ongoing since 2019.
The Manchester unit has also been the focus of a lawsuit, in which more than 200 men and women claim that they were physically or sexually abused as children by 150 staffers from 1963 to 2018, the AP reported.
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