Two men from Massachusetts face no fewer than 82 criminal charges for subjecting a boy to "unspeakable assault and rape," while working as counselors in a juvenile detention center between 1997 and 1998, prosecutors revealed on Thursday.
The grand jury of Hillsborough County accused Jeffrey Buskey, 52, with 56 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, and Steven Murphy, 50, of Danvers, with 26 counts of the same crime.
According to the charges, Buskey is accused of having sexually penetrated the teenager and forced him to commit oral sex, including at gunpoint, at the Youth Development Center (YDC) in Manchester.
Buskey is also said to have used his "superior physical strength" to force the boy to perform the sexual acts – beating, beating, and throwing him on a mattress.
Murphy is also accused of sexually abusing and beating the boy, using his position of authority to force the youth into sexual encounters.
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The grand jury of Hillsborough County accused Jeffrey Buskey, 52, with 56 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, and Steven Murphy, 50, of Danvers, with 26 counts of the same crime. Both men worked as youth counselors in the detention facility during the detention of the prosecutor, although several charges against Buskey accusations took place in a private home
The authorities say that all alleged crimes were reported between 26 October 1997 and 30 September 1998. The victim was then between 13 and 18 years old.
Both men worked as youth counselors in the detention facility during the detention of the prosecutor, although several charges against Buskey accusations took place in a private home.
"The allegations are horrible," said Rus Rilee, a lawyer for the alleged victim in a statement. "The crimes are unspeakable, worse than anything I've ever seen. In this case it took an enormous amount of courage for the victim to come out during a certain period.
"The people who had to look after him were the ones who abused him, and it's just very, very, very sad," Rilee continued.
The lawyer said his client hopes that sharing his story will shed a light on the & # 39; systemic failures that led to the physical and sexual abuse that he and others have endured over a period of decades & # 39 , hoping that no other child will endure what he or she allegedly went through.
& # 39; He hopes that by preparing for law enforcement, other brave survivors will find the courage and strength to break their silence and tell their stories. & # 39;
According to the charges, Buskey is accused of having sexually penetrated the teenager and forced him to commit oral sex, including at gunpoint, at the Youth Development Center (YDC) in Manchester. Buskey is also said to have used his "superior physical strength" to force the boy to perform the sexual acts – hitting, beating and throwing him on a mattress
In light of the accusation of the accuser of sexual abuse against other children and himself, the New Hampshire Attorney General's office now has a & # 39; expanded and versatile & # 39; Investigation started to determine if there were other victims of physical or sexual attacks, and if so, how widespread was the alleged abuse.
Researchers will initially focus on operations and faculty members of the YDC – which has since been renamed the Sununu Youth Services Center – from 1990 to 2000.
Government Chris Sununu – a republican whose father, former Government John H. Sununu, is the current namesake of the center – called the allegations "pathogenic."
"The state of New Hampshire is ready to help and cooperate in any investigation that will bring these horrific perpetrators to justice," he said in a statement. & # 39; I am confident that the Attorney's Office will continue this case aggressively – zero tolerance means zero tolerance. & # 39;
The Manchester center serves children aged 13 to 17 who are placed in a safe institutional setting by the juvenile justice system.
It once housed more than 100 young people, but the daily census dropped from around 60 to less than 30 last year when the state law was amended to send only those accused or convicted of serious violent crimes to the center.
"The Sununu Youth Services Center is in many ways a very different institution than in the nineties. However, this despicable discovery is a reminder of the vulnerability of children, & said Moira O & Neil, director of the State Office of the Child Advocate.
Authorities said all alleged violations would have taken place between October 26, 1997 and September 30, 1998. The victim was then between 13 and 18 years old
In an email, she said she was encouraged to see the Ministry of Health and Human Services, which supervises the center, cooperates with law enforcement and recognizes the need to ensure the safety of children.
The Attorney General's office urged everyone with information about criminal activities to contact investigators and anyone who was abused at the center to contact a crisis center.
Amanda Grady Sexton, a spokeswoman for the New Hampshire coalition against domestic and sexual violence, said in a statement that the children entrusted in the care of the center are among the most vulnerable populations in the state of New Hampshire and we are deeply alarmed through these charges. & # 39;
In May last year, another lawyer group claimed that center staff routinely exceeded state law when using dangerous, face-down restraint methods, including breaking the arm of a 14-year-old boy with severe anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder waiting for a opening of a residential program in the community.
The Disability Rights Center said the staff seriously injured the boy during the December 2016 restraint, delayed his medical care and failed to notify the advocacy group as required by state law. But state officials said the allegations were unfounded and irresponsible.
Last month, O & # 39; Neill invited national experts who promote alternatives to juvenile prisons with the advisory group of its office on juvenile justice.
They said that New Hampshire should consider intensively serving and studying its small number of detained youth while working on broader reforms.
No court dates have yet been planned for the trial against Buskey and Murphy. Neither of the men could be reached for comment and it remains unclear whether they have a lawyer.
Anyone with criminal behavior information at the Youth Development Center is urged to contact Attorney General & # 39; s Office researcher James Kinney at 603-271-1258 or email@example.com.
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