New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
December 6, 2021

Contact:
Kim A. Schmidt, Legal Research Assistant
kim.a.schmidt@doj.nh.gov | (603) 271-1202

Civil Complaints Related to Allegations of Abuse at the Youth Development Center

Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces that the State has begun to receive additional civil complaints containing allegations related to the ongoing investigation into the Youth Development Center (YDC), Youth Detention Services Unit (YDSU), and Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC).

Most of these suits are being filed with very limited information regarding the claims. The State has a need to have sufficient information regarding these claims.

The State is therefore moving today to have two suits dismissed because of a lack of information regarding each suit's claims, understanding that the suits may be refiled with additional information included. To the extent permitted by law, the Plaintiffs may also ask to file any new complaints under seal.

The fact that the State is filing these motions should in no way be considered as a lack of support for the victims of crime.

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.

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