Conrad Mainwaring Charged with Indecent Assault on Underage Campers
On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, Conrad Mainwaring was arrested as he exited a Los Angeles County Courthouse. The arrest came at the request of the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office, after the office successfully obtained an indictment on 9 counts of indecent assault and battery on children ages 14 or older and 3 counts of indecent assault on children under the age of 14. The abuse allegedly occurred in the 1970s, when Mainwaring worked as a counselor at Camp Greylock for Boys in Beckett Massachusetts.
Massachusetts State Police began its investigation into Mainwaring in 2019, after ESPN published a report detailing the experience of dozens of Mainwaring’s victims, including seven from Camp Greylock. Like many predators (including Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, and Jeffrey Epstein) Mainwaring used his power, fame and alleged relationships with accomplished athletes to persuade the young boys to train with him. Survivors all tell a familiar story: Mainwaring initiated the sexual abuse under the guise of “mental training,” instructing the boys to focus on controlling and manipulating erections and testosterone level to become better athletes.
Mainwaring continued to sexually abuse victims after he left Camp Greylock. According to ESPN’s report, at least an additional 22 men have come forward accusing Mainwaring of molestation while they were high school and college students in the Syracuse area. Another 3 men came forward while Mainwaring was at Colgate University, and 15 more men described being sexually abused while Mainwaring lived in California.
Sadly, like most cases of sexual abuse, it seems that people who were in a position to stop Mainwaring from committing these heinous acts as early as the 1980s failed to do so. A civil lawsuit filed against Syracuse University alleges the school received credible reports of sexual abuse perpetrated by Mainwaring, but did not act on them. In 1987, Mainwaring was fired from Caltech after a student complained about Mainwaring’s behavior. It does not appear criminal charges were ever filed.
Alekman DiTusa applauds the Massachusetts State Police and the Berkshire District Attorney’s office for aggressively pursuing the prosecution of Conrad Mainwaring. We also praise the courage of the survivors who have come forward to tell their stories. By doing so, these individuals have allowed the DA’s office to seek justice on behalf of Mainwaring’s victims, and hopefully prevent him from harming more people.
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse and would like a free confidential consultation, please contact Attorney Laura Mangini at (413) 781-0000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read about our successful results in sex abuse cases.