Ex-youth center resident testifies about horrific abuses at while under New Hampshire state custody

(18 Apr 2024)

Brentwood, New Hampshire – 18 April 2024
1. Various of David Meehan testifying at Rockingham Superior Court
2. Close up of document on the screen during court proceedings
3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Meehan, plaintiff:
"This is only the beginning and I’m doing everything I can right now to try to hold myself together, because I know where this is going, and I don’t want to have to keep saying it out loud anymore. I don’t want it to be of… I’m not allowed to put it away. It’s constantly on display. So I’m a little bit nervous."
4. Various of exhibits presented during court proceedings
5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Meehan, plaintiff:
"I’m forced to try to hold myself together somehow and show, as a man, everything that these people did to this little boy. It’s hard to feel safe. I guess living scenarios like this, whether it’s with certain experts or the state police or… I’m constantly paying for what they did."
6. Meehan’s attorney questions him during court proceedings
7. Close up of an exhibit on display during court proceedings
8. SOUNDBITE (English) David Meehan, plaintiff:
(Rus Rilee, Meehan’s attorney: "And how would you describe your relationship with Buskey during this confusing period of time?")
Meehan: "Confusing."
(Rilee: "What kind of emotions from your…")
Meehan: "Went from being somebody that I trusted, that I thought was not just there to help me. Somebody that I thought cared for me. I was hurt. I was hurt because I couldn’t comprehend what he was even doing."
9. Wide of the courtroom during proceedings

The man who blew the lid off decades of abuse allegations at New Hampshire’s youth detention center continued testifying at his civil trial Thursday.

In the seven years since David Meehan went to police, the state has set up a $100 million fund for former residents of the Sununu Youth Services Center and brought criminal charges against 11 former state workers, including four accused of abusing Meehan.

But facing more than 1,100 lawsuits from former residents, the state also argues it should not be held liable for the actions of what it calls “rogue” employees.

Meehan’s lawsuit – the first to be filed — went to trial last week.

He testified Thursday about how a counselor he initially trusted as a father figure subjected him to horrific abuse.


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