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State-run New Hampshire youth detention center was a 'magnet for predators'--

• by AP

The Youth Development Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, is accused of letting 150 staff abuse more than 200 children over 60 years

The state is being sued by attorney Rus Rilee on behalf of 230 alleged victims with allegations of abuse between 1963 and 2018

Staff are accused of gang-raping kids, beating them unconscious, getting one pregnant, breaking their bones and burning them with cigarettes

Some victims say they were forced to compete for food in 'fight clubs' 

Lead plaintiff, David Meehan, 39, has waived his right to anonymity 

Meehan went to police in 2017 with allegations of abuse from the 1990s 

In July 2019, two ex counselors were charged with 82 counts of rape

Those charges were dropped last March, when prosecutors announced it was launching an expanded investigation into more staff

The institution has been renamed The Sununu Youth Services Center