Charles R. Devita commits suicide at Camp Good News Wednesday morning; Yarmouth police stop man from attempting suicide a second time

State, local police at Camp Good News in Sandwich Wednesday morning

Ambulance leaves the camp around 10:30 a.m., reporters were blocked from entering the property, hearse arrived at the camp at about 11:40 a.m.


  An ambulance left Camp Good News off Route 130 in Sandwich Wednesday morning around 10 a.m. David G. Curran photo.

SANDWICH - State and local police were at Camp Good News in Sandwich Wednesday morning for a period of time.  According to the Cape Cod Times, Sandwich police did not allow reporters on the property. The newspaper said, "Police this morning are investigating a potential suicide by gunshot at Camp Good News in Sandwich, the site of a new child molestation allegation this week, said David Procopio, a state police spokesman."

The Christian summer camp has been in the headlines since Senator Scott Brown in his autobiography claimed he was molested there as a child by one of the camp's counselors.

It was reported this week that another victim has come forward claiming to have also been molested at the camp.  The Cape Cod Times reported this morning that the accused is not the same person Brown claimed molested him in the 70s and that the person--currently under investigation--still works at the camp. The alleged incident took place in or around 1985.  The daily confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the man who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound was 43-year-old Charles R. Devita. Devita was the target of the investigation begun after this week's molestation charges were made.

Around 10:30 a.m., an ambulance left the property, prompting speculation of the then unconfirmed suicide.  In the video at right, the ambulance is seen leaving, followed by a hearse around 11:40 a.m.  Sandwich police officers escorted a pickup on a flatbed truck from the campground property shortly thereafter.

David G. Curran photo and video.

Yarmouth police stop second suicide attempt

Officers had stopped same man from attempting to take his own life only a week ago

WEST YARMOUTH - Yarmouth police responded to the report of a suicidal man on Camp Street in West Yarmouth Monday afternoon shortly after 1 p.m., according to a Yarmouth Police release.  The man, armed with a large hunting knife, turned out to be the same 54-year-old man who officers rescued from a similar suicide attempt at the Sandy Pond Recreation Center in West Yarmouth last Monday.

Officers, including Yarmouth's newest K9 unit, surrounded the home and Patrol Sergeant John Fallon, a trained SWAT crisis negotiator, established contact with the man via telephone.

After one hour, Patrol Sergeant Fallon convinced the man to leave the home.  The man was confronted by several officers at the front door and quickly tried to re-enter the home at which time the officers were able to subdue the struggling man and bring him under control, police said.

The man was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by Yarmouth Fire and Rescue for evaluation.

On March 28th, officers had responded to the Sandy Pond Recreation Center where the same man had held a large knife to his throat and threatened to kill himself in his car. On that occasion, the officers convinced the man to surrender the knife and he was taken to Cape Cod Hospital.

Source: Yarmouth Police Department.

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