Former NH camp counselor charged with sexual abuse of motorhome


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Playing fields in the foreground with Lake Winnipesaukee in the background at Camp Tecumseh. Jim Davis / The Boston Globe, File

OSSIPEE, NH (AP) – A New Hampshire grand jury has indicted a former summer camp counselor for sexually assaulting a camper under 16 over three summers, from 2001 to 2003.

Charges in Carroll County were made public Tuesday on two counts of aggravated criminal assault against Matthew Scavitto, 37, of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Messages were left on a possible phone number for Scavitto and for a lawyer, who: told The Boston Globe that Scavitto denies the allegations. Scavitto is to be arraigned on December 2.

The alleged victim was identified only by his initials, but a lawyer representing him identified him in a statement Tuesday as the person allegedly subjected to the abuse at Camp Tecumseh in Moultonborough, for boys aged 8-16.

The former camper filed a lawsuit against the camp in November 2020 alleging that camp officials and staff failed to protect him and other campers from Scavitto. The case was settled in March and the camper withdrew his complaint.

“We are deeply sorry for the abuse our former camper endured and we have had the opportunity to convey those feelings directly,” the camp said in a statement Tuesday night. “We have been working with the Moultonborough Police Department since 2015 and we greatly appreciate the efforts of law enforcement to bring Scavitto to justice.”

The statement added: “Internally, we have made extensive efforts to respond in a values-based manner that prioritizes responsibility and promotes the safety and well-being of campers.”

The Globe reported that the camp said Scavitto was a camper from 1994 to 2014 and later a counselor.

In 2015, Scavitto, a former teacher and coach at The Phelps School in Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to charges of institutional assault and corruption of minors after two students at the school accused him of assault. He was sentenced to at least 11 months in prison, according to court records.

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