The Aloha Foundation, which runs summer camps for boys and girls on Lake Morey, says two more former counselors “inappropriately touched” campers more than three decades ago.
Foundation officials said in a January letter to parents, alumni and counselors that an independent investigation found alleged sexual misconduct by three counselors totaling 12 incidents.
“We are devastated to learn any children were victimized while at Lanakila, and we apologize to those of you who attempted to come forward but did not receive a supportive, prompt, and immediate response,” the officials said.
The internal investigation, conducted by former New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney, began two years ago after a former staff member said the nonprofit didn’t adequately investigate an incident in the 1980s.
It showed allegations that a former counselor inappropriately touched at least one camper in 1983 were true, and the foundation’s response was inadequate.
The counselor, John Hall, was allowed to return to the camp in a restricted role after completing mental health treatment, according to the Valley News. Hall was fired in 1987 when another incident was reported.
The January letter said Delaney also received reports on two other counselors, John Nimock and Mark Tougias.
Nimock allegedly inappropriately touched children between 1977 and 1982 at Lanakila, a camp for 8- to 14-year-old boys, but wasn’t fired until 1990.
Tougias, a former Lanakila counselor who was fired in 1982, allegedly inappropriately touched a camper in 1978, the foundation said.
“We and the Board of Trustees apologize deeply to those who were abused, their families, and the entire Aloha community,” the officials said inthe January letter. “We know the pain cannot be erased by our actions today, but we hope some solace will come from our fervent commitment to ensuring the past is never repeated.”