New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
July 22, 2022

Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications | (603) 931-9375

Timothy Sullivan, Senior Assistant Attorney General | (603) 271-3671

Geoffrey W.R. Ward, Chief, Criminal Justice Bureau | (603) 271-3671

Update on the Investigation of the Youth Development Center

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella announces an update on the status of the ongoing investigation into the Youth Development Center (YDC).

Jonathan Brand (age 57) of Concord, N.H. has been indicted by the Hillsborough County Grand Jury in connection with the on-going investigation for one additional offense involving a former resident of YDC.

Mr. Brand was indicted for the following additional offense:

  • Felonious Sexual Assault – one count

Any 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 the Youth Facilities. This investigation remains on-going and active.

Any person with information regarding criminal conduct at the YDC is urged to contact the N.H. 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

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