4 more ex-youth center workers charged in New Hampshire

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

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire state police arrested another four men Wednesday in connection with a broad criminal investigation into physical and sexual abuse at a state-run youth detention center, bringing the total to 11.

Seven other former workers at the Youth Development Center in Manchester were arrested earlier this month and charged with either sexually assaulting or acting as accomplices to the assault of 12 teenagers from 1994 to 2005.

“My clients are pleased with today's arrests,” Rilee said Wednesday. “They are heartened that the state has finally listened to them, believed them and acted on their behalves. With over 285 survivors, we are hopeful that there will be many more arrests and many more charges in the coming weeks and months.”

Malavet, 58, of Gilford, faces seven counts of rape; Watson, 52, of Allenstown, faces three counts of rape; Middleton, 52, of Belmont, faces one count of rape and one count of sexual assault; and Brand, 56, of Concord, faces two counts of sexual assault. They are due in court Thursday, and it is unknown whether they are represented by attorneys.

Gov. Chris Sununu said the latest arrests make clear his administration's commitment to holding perpetrators accountable. The facility is named for his father, former Gov. John H. Sununu.

“This is not over and we will continue to investigate these horrific allegations,” he said.


This story has been corrected to reflect that the total charges brought Wednesday is 14, not 15.