Pennsylvania schoolteacher's arrest for sexual assault rippling out to Moultonborough & Camp Tescumseh

MOULTONBOROUGH — A schoolteacher arrested in Pennsylvania this week on charges of sexually assaulting a former student worked at Camp Tescumseh, a summer camp for boys on Moultonborough Neck, where his abuse of the victim allegedly continued.

Matthew Scavitto, 31, a teacher at the Phelps School, a private day and boarding school for boys in Malvern, PA has been charged with institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor and endangering the welfare of children by Chester County Attorney Tom Hogan. He is being held in the Chester County Prison in lieu of $250,000 cash bail.

Moultonborough Police Chief Leonard Wetherbee, Jr. said yesterday that he recently became aware of the charges and allegations. "We are reaching out to the authorities in Pennsylvania, adding that "it is way to early to speculate about charges being filed in New Hampshire."

Following Scavitto's arrest he was immediately dismissed from his position at the Phelps School. Doug Knight, the director of Camp Tecumseh, who serves as Associate Director of Admissions and Tuition the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania, could not be reached for content at press time.

According to a report in the Delaware County Daily Times on June 8, the victim told the Willistown Police that the pattern of sexual assaults began in May 2013, near the end of the victim's junior year at the Phelps School when he was 17, continued while Scavitto and his victim were at Camp Tecumseh in the summer of 2013 and throughout the victim's senior year at school.

The paper reported Willistown Police Chief John Narcise to say that "based upon this defendant's behavior and law enforcement's experience, we are concerned there may be other victims." He encouraged anyone with with additional information to call Detective Sergeant Jeff Heim at his department at 610-251-0222.

Curtis Mailloux named GPD Officer of the Year

GILFORD — Police feted their own Wednesday night with a public awards ceremony followed by a barbecue in the back of the station.

Curtis Mailloux was named Officer of the Year for being the member of the department who exemplifies daily what being a member of Gilford Police Department represents — hard work, integrity and a dedication to the community and to the department. Mailloux has been recognized by his supervisors and the community for going above and beyond expectations.

Sgt. Corey O'Connor was recognized as the Supervisor of the Year. Chief Anthony Bean Burpee said O'Connor was someone who cares about his duties, the officers under his command and who goes about his job with solid performance and without always getting the praise he deserves.

Officer Kevin Baron was recognized for pro-active policing for being outstanding in his consistent patrol techniques. Baron is the department's motorcycle officer and also assists in teaching the annual class.

For dedication to the Gilford Police Department and constantly volunteering their time without being asked and for their assistance in getting the job done, Bean Burpee recognized Dispatcher Cherlene Crowell and Officer James Callahan.

The department's Leadership Award went to Sgt. Dustin Parent and K-9 Officer Adam Vansteensburg for supporting their peers, supervisors and subordinated during difficult times.

The Teamwork Award went to SRO Denise Parker who by her very nature exhibits a willingness and an ability to be one of the more versatile officers in the department.

The Community Service Award went to Sgt. Christopher Jacques and Sgt. Eric Bredbury who consistently go to schools, community events, crime prevention programs and participate in other non-departmental groups with benefit the entire community.

The chief's personal recognition went to Technical Assistant Kim Horan and Executive Secretary Tessa Stevens who, in his opinion, have consistently gone above and beyond in assisting the department and him in its everyday operations.

There were seven unit awards that went to officers and dispatchers who participated in the arrest of N.Y fugitive Ronald Jacques, who had a criminal record that included manslaughter for shooting someone in a drug deal; to the team that broke up a 75-person strong under-aged drinking party with the assistance of the Alton Police Department; for the team that did the seven-month investigation that led to the arrest of Douglas Fisher who allegedly broke down the door of a woman's room in the Margate Resort and raped her; for team that while working in conjunction with the FBI and the Virginia State Police arrested Derek Emans who allegedly threatened to blow up the Manchester Boston Airport; for the team that arrested two burglary suspects after tracking them through the woods; for the team that led to the conviction of Corey Cromwell for arson in Gilford and receiving stolen property from Laconia and for the team involved in the Adam Scarsilloni arrest.

Meritorious Service awards went to Parent and Mailloux for tracking burglary suspects through the snow at night to catch them; to Callahan, VanSteensburg and K9-Ike, for pursuing a combative subject into the woods and arresting him; and to Jacques and Parker for their work in investigating and arresting an alleged rapist and for continuing to work with the victim and her family while she recovers.

Vandals launching golf balls & rocks at car windows

LACONIA — Police are reporting a rash of vandalism incidents throughout the city Wednesday night including some in the south end of the city, four in the North Main Street area and three in the Lakeport area.

Police said most of the reports were of car windows broken by a golf ball or rocks about the size of a golf ball. Ten of these attacks were reported to Laconia Police yesterday morning while four of them were reported the morning before.

Sgt. Gary Hubbard said there were two similar attacks in Gilford — one on Stark Street and one on Morrills both verified by Lt. Jim Leach.

Hubbard said police recovered a few golf balls or rocks about the size and shape of golf balls. He said they appeared to be shot via a projectile-like a sling shot or something else from the sunroof of a passing car.

The list of the streets where houses but mostly cars were targeted were Paugus Bay Marina, Leavitt Park, Estate Circle, Cole Street, High Street Washington Street, Baldwin Street, Holman Street, Edwards Street, Dartmouth Street and Webster Street.

Police also have video of the car that appears to be a dark colored four-door Camry with a sunroof. Hubbard said there were a few incidents the night before as well and three vehicles were damaged by four to five golf balls.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

Governor Hassan helps kick-start Motorcycle Week

LACONIA — Although the 100th running of Motorcycle Week is eight years away, anniversaries were among themes when Cynthia Makris, the owner of the NASWA Resort who chairs the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association (LMWA), opened this year's rally before television cameras and newspaper reporters with the traditional press conference at the Weirs yesterday.

The association, which began as the Laconia Motorcycle Rally and Race Association, is marking its 25th year organizing and promoting the rally. The Naswa Resort is celebrating its 80th year of providing hospitality and entertainment, along with fine food and refreshing drink to four generations of motorcycling enthusiasts. After making a stellar debut at the rally last year, G. Smith Motorsports of St. Rose, Louisiana celebrated its 50th year in business this year by riding 1,700 miles to Laconia to be the featured attraction at "Chrome Hill", opposite the Naswa's main office.

Working his 30th rally, Major Russ Conte of the New Hampshire State Police reminded everyone that all those who organize, police and attend the event represent something a kin to a family on the brink of its fifth generation by thanking Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson of the LMWA "letting me be your partner."

Makris struck the same familial chord by expressing gratitude, which she called "the most important emotion," to all those — the sponsors, patrons, police , firefighters and "all the riders" — who make Motorcyle Week "not only the oldest but also the best rally" in the country. "In Laconia we ride," she declared, adding that "our community takes pride of ownership in the rally and of our place in motorcycle history."

Introduced by Makris as "the most supportive mayor ever seen in Laconia for Motorcycle Week," Ed Engler eyed the crowd and remarked "I see way too many ties out there. You know who you are so you can make amends next year." The mayor noted that New Hampshire, where one in 17 residents owns a motorcycle — twice the national average — ranks second in per capita motorcycle ownership only to South Dakota, the state of his birth. Underlining Makris's declaration that "in Laconia we ride," he recalled once timing the gaps between motorcycles on Union Avenue on a weekend afternoon, which was never more than 20 seconds and averaged eight seconds.

Governor Maggie Hassan spoke of the rally as "a cherished tradition", then turned to its economic impact. She said that the event, which opens the summer tourist season, is expected to draw some 250,000 visitors, whose spending will generate more than $100 million in economic activity. "Motorcycle Week is an important economic engine," she said. She also stressed that the number of charitable events throughout the week are significant sources of support for organizations throughout the state that provide a wide range of services to needy individuals and families.

The governor urged visitors who enjoyed their experience in New Hampshire during the rally "to keep coming back throughout the year, but for the moment to 'Live Free and Ride.'"

Echoing the governor's pitch for philanthropy, Doug Asermely of Sickboy Motorcycles reminded everyone of the Mae-West Memorial "for the love of pets' Ride on Monday, June 15. Proceeds from the ride, ridden in memory of St. Clair's late cat, benefit the New Hampshire Humane Society.

On behalf of the LMWA, St. Clair and Anderson presented the annual Fritz Baer Award, named for the manger of the Gunstock Recreation Area who flamboyantly shepherded the rally through the halcyon 1950s, to Mayor Engler. The mayor was speechless.