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November 21, 2012

Man involved with moving body will volunteer for nonprofit

SALEM — A Salem developer who admitted last month to helping move a deceased overdose victim out of a controversial “sober house” last year won’t be picking up litter or doing other chores on public property for his community service.

Instead, Raymond Young, 58, will spend 100 hours volunteering for Historic Salem Inc., a community preservation group with which Young has been involved in the past.

Young, along with two other men, Richard Hollett, 47, of Salem and Jose Encarnacion, 27, were charged with taking the body of Bradley Michael Frasca, 29, out of the “Hilltop Manor,” a so-called sober house on Boston Street, on Nov. 11, 2011. Encarnacion, a resident of the house, had awakened to find Frasca dead in his room.

Hollett and Young moved the victim’s body to the foyer of Young’s 87 Federal St. home, then tried to mislead police about how it got there.

Last month, Young admitted to sufficient facts for a guilty finding, but the charge of disinterring a body was continued without a finding for two years, to be dismissed if Young stays out of further trouble and completes 100 hours of community service.

Young’s lawyer, Neil Hourihan, appeared yesterday in Salem District Court with a letter from Richard Thompson, the executive director of Historic Salem Inc.

In the letter, Thompson says Young, whom he has known for more than 30 years, recently mentioned the community service requirement of his court case.

The letter does not specifically describe what Young will do for the nonprofit, but says he is “uniquely qualified” given his work on prior projects.

A message left for Thompson yesterday was not returned by Salem News’ deadline last night.

Judge Robert Brennan briefly hesitated after getting the request, but then agreed to allow it.

Typically, people performing court-mandated community service report to the courthouse on a designated day and then travel in a van or bus to a location where they’ll perform such chores as picking up litter or painting, all on public property or for a nonprofit community organization, under the supervision of a court employee.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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