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Man accused in Mass. camp abuse case in court

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BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man charged with sexually assaulting youths at a Cape Cod camp while he was a counselor in 1981 has appeared in court with his new lawyer.

The Cape Cod Times reports attorney Allison MacLellan said outside court Wednesday the case against her client isn't open-and-shut. She said authorities were under pressure to arrest someone, since other suspects had died.

Sixty-five-year-old Richard P. Smith of Media, Pa., pleaded not guilty last month to charges including rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

Prosecutors began investigating alleged abuse at Camp Good News in Sandwich two years ago after then-Sen. Scott Brown wrote in a memoir he'd been molested at a Christian summer camp in the 1970s. Camp Good News later confirmed Brown attended there and apologized.

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