New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
August 25, 2021

Contact:
Kate Giaquinto, Director of Communications
kate.giaquinto@doj.nh.gov | 603-573-6103

Timothy Sullivan, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Timothy.sullivan@doj.nh.gov | (603) 271-3671

Joseph Cherniske, Assistant Attorney General
Joseph.A.Cherniske@doj.nh.gov | (603) 271-3671

Additional Individual Indicted For Allegations of Abuse at the Youth Detention Services Unit

Concord, NH - New Hampshire Attorney General John M. Formella announces that one additional individual has been indicted by the Merrimack County Grand Jury as a result of the ongoing investigation into the Youth Development Center (YDC), Youth Detention Services Unit (YDSU), and Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC). The charges are alleged to have occurred in 2001.

The following individual was indicted:

Victor Malavet, age 59, Gilford, N.H.

  • 7 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault
  • The charges involve allegations by one former resident of the YDSU occurring in 2001.

The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Task Force will continue its mission to investigate child abuse allegations occurring at YDC/SYSC. This investigation remains active and ongoing.

Any person with information regarding criminal conduct at the YDC is urged to contact the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Task Force hotline at 271-4000.

Anyone who was physically or sexually assaulted or abused at the YDC is encouraged to contact their local crisis center. Crisis center advocates are available across New Hampshire to provide free and confidential support to anyone impacted by sexual violence. Crisis center services are also available to anyone who has experienced or witnessed abuse, or who is looking to find ways to support someone who has. Crisis centers can provide individual support, support groups, assistance reporting abuse, help understanding options and the legal system, court and hospital accompaniment, housing assistance, and referrals for local services including mental health and substance abuse services. To speak with an advocate, please call the statewide domestic violence hotline at 1-866-644-3574 or the statewide sexual assault hotline at 1-800-277-5570 or find the crisis center nearest you at https://www.nhcadsv.org/member-programs.html.

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New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658