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That's just fucking gross.
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The Troubled Teen Industry / Murderer worked as counselor in various youth programs
« Last post by Oscar on July 31, 2017, 05:20:13 AM »
Which youth programs?

Taken from this page:

Quote from: Bad boys bail bond
Kenny has spent the last 12 years living and working in St. George, Utah. Kenny has three daughters and has been married for 13 years. Prior to becoming the manager at Wal-Greens Kenny worked as a counselor in various youth programs. Kenny has been with Bad Boys Bail Bonds Utah since the beginning of 2011

The murder he is accused of commiting is described in this article: Kristy & Kenneth Manzanares: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (Heavy.com)
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The Troubled Teen Industry / More articles about the Diamond Ranch Academy Lawsuit
« Last post by Oscar on July 29, 2017, 03:16:16 AM »
Quote from: Salt Lake Tribune
Diamond Ranch Academy is sued after a therapist is accused of sexually abusing teen student
By TIFFANY FRANDSEN, The Salt Lake Tribune,  July 28 - 2017
An Arkansas couple on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in Utah against a Hurricane ranch for troubled teens, alleging that a therapist sexually assaulted their then-16-year-old daughter last year.

A therapist employed by Diamond Ranch Academy touched the teenager inappropriately, asked her for details about her sexual interests and told her about his sex life in April and May of 2016, according to the lawsuit filed in 5th District Court. The teenager enrolled in the academy and lived on the campus from March to October 2016, according to the suit.

Diamond Ranch declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Students are "assigned an individual therapist" to attend to their behavioral development, according to the school's website. The defendant was assigned to be her mental health counselor and therapist in April, less than two months after he received his license, the suit states. When hired, the therapist signed an agreement to not touch students.

In addition to the alleged inappropriate touching and conversation, the defendant disparaged the teen's relationship with her parents, described dreams he had about her, gave her massages and told her he had a crush on her, the lawsuit states.

Therapists at the academy are allowed to put paper over the windows in their offices for patient privacy, creating, the lawsuit alleges, "a perfect environment in which sexual grooming and sexual abuse could occur."

A different female student accused the therapist of "inappropriate physical contact" in May, and he was fired. After hearing about the abuse of her fellow student, the teenager told an academy staff member about her story of abuse, the suit says, but the employee didn't report it to law enforcement.

The lawsuit alleges that the teenager was told by a staff member to renege her story and tell law enforcement that she had lied about the abuse.

The teen remained at the school until October.

Communication with her parents was limited while the girl attended Diamond Ranch Academy, the lawsuit states. Students are allowed to talk to their family once a week, during a session supervised by a therapist. If a student has something negative to say about the academy, he or she would have to say it in the presence of a therapist, the lawsuit stated. Students can write letters and emails, but those are routed through the academy. In-person visits are awarded to students, but they are limited.

The parents request in the lawsuit that the academy post on its home page the names of anyone associated with the ranch — past or present — who is a known sexual abuser or offender. They asked for the academy to pay for two years' worth of mental health treatment for anyone sexually abused by an employee of the academy. The parents also want the academy to fund independent workshops that detail anything that allowed sexual assault at the academy, what has been done to prevent future abuse and ways to protect children from sexual predators.

The parents also have requested that a task force be formed to investigate and monitor the academy.

The Salt Lake Tribune is not releasing the name of the teenager because she is a minor. The Tribune is not naming the defendant because he has not been charged.

Quote from: The Spectrum
Sexual assault lawsuit filed against Diamond Ranch Academy
by Bree Burkitt, The Spectrum, July 28 - 2017

A former Diamond Ranch Academy student filed a lawsuit against the therapeutic boarding school alleging a therapist sexually groomed and assaulted the minor.

According to the 23-page lawsuit filed in the 5th District Court on July 25, Hannah Wilkin, who has chosen to identify herself in court documents, and her parents are suing Diamond Ranch Academy and former mental health therapist Troy Ammon Carter. The Arkansas resident is no longer attending the residential treatment center.

The lawsuit alleges the incidents occurred multiple times in April and May of 2016. The secluded treatment facility caters to “troubled teens,” according to their website. 

According to court documents, the newly-licensed therapist intern assigned to provide counseling services to the 16-year-old victim used his “position of power and authority” to prey on Wilkin. Carter allegedly told the minor details about his sex life, questioned her about her own sexual history and made inappropriate comments about her physical appearance. Additionally, the complaint also states he straddled Wilkin and unhooked her bra while providing a back massage in his office without a chiropractic license.

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During a police interview, Wilkin told investigators Carter would attempt to disparage her parents in attempt to gain her trust and detail inappropriate dreams he had about the minor.

The windows of his counseling office were covered with brown butcher paper, Wilkin's attorney, Craig Vernon, said.

“He used the paper to cover up the windows to literally cover up the sexual assaults while they were happening,” Vernon told The Spectrum & Daily News. “It’s very curious to me that would go unnoticed.”

Carter was terminated in May 2016 for inappropriate physical contact with another student. Wilkin came forward shortly after.

Prior to the alleged incidents, DRA required Carter to sign a document pledging he would stop all physical contact with his patients, the complaint details. He had previously been reprimanded for inappropriate contact with multiple male students.

The lawsuit claims the treatment center provided the "perfect environment" for victims to be groomed and sexually abused due to inadequate supervision and internal policies. It also alleges her complaints about Carter were not properly forwarded to law enforcement.

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“DRA had already reprimanded Carter for inappropriately touching students, but did nothing to protect these vulnerable girls, who were isolated and far away from their families,” Vernon said.

Diamond Ranch Academy did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

Vernon said two other victims have since come forward with similar allegations against Carter.

Following an investigation by the Hurricane Police Department, the Washington County Attorney’s Office ultimately declined to file any charges due to a lack of sufficient evidence. It is not known whether the three other alleged victims intend to file a criminal complaint at this time.

Wilkin opted to identify herself in the suit to show other victims they are not alone.

“I just don’t want what happened to me to happen to other kids,” she said. “We enroll at DRA to get help with the problems life throws at us, not to get molested by the counselor DRA assigns to us.”

Ultimately, Vernon said the Wilkin family are seeking the $6,000-$12,000 per month tuition in addition to compensation for the victim.

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“Money is symbolic of both Carter and the DRA accepting responsibility for what happened,” he explained.

Diamond Ranch Academy was also under scrutiny in 2015 when a teacher was arrested for possessing hundreds of images depicting child pornography on a personal cellphone and a computer at the school. Chad Huntsman and his wife, who also worked at DRA, were both terminated following the arrest. Huntsman was sentenced to 22.5 years in federal prison in February, while the charges against his wife were dismissed due to a lack of intent. 

 Follow reporter Bree Burkitt, @BreeBurkitt. Call her at 435-218-2241.
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The Troubled Teen Industry / Sexual Assaults at Diamond Ranch Academy
« Last post by Oscar on July 27, 2017, 03:56:33 AM »
The facility is too slow fireing employees who overstep the line according to the lawsuit. They knew about this creepy character and did nothing.

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Sexual Assaults at Diamond Ranch Academy
By Craig VernonJuly 26, 2017

CONTACT: Craig Vernon, attorney, cvernon@jvwlaw.net; (208) 667-0683 or cell (208) 691-2768 Wes Larsen, attorney, wes@jvwlaw.net; (208) 667-0683

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sexual Assaults at Diamond Ranch Academy A lawsuit filed today seeks to uncover why a Diamond Ranch Academy therapist repeatedly sexually assaulted teenage girls inside his office

WHAT: Press conference where teenage survivor of sexual assault, her mother and their attorneys will discuss the lawsuit against Diamond Ranch Academy. Laura Wilkin and her daughter Hannah, who reside in Arkansas, will discuss the sexual assaults, betrayal of trust and broken promises.

WHO: Laura Wilkin, her daughter, Hannah Wilkin, and Attorneys Craig Vernon and Wes Larsen (Utah State Bar No. 14572)

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:00 am Mountain Time

WHERE: Courtyard by Marriott 185 S. 1470 East, St. George, Utah 84790

DETAILS:
(July 25, 2017 – St. George, Utah) A lawsuit was filed this afternoon against Diamond Ranch Academy (“DRA”), a therapeutic boarding school and treatment center for troubled teenagers in Hurricane, Utah, by a victim of child sexual abuse and her parents, seeking answers to why these sexual assaults happened. Why was a DRA therapist allowed to cover the windows of his office while he sexually assaulted teenage girls? Was this allowed at DRA? If not, why didn’t anyone at DRA do something when they saw the windows covered during these so called “therapy sessions”? And why didn’t DRA report the abuse to the local authorities after the girls reported it to DRA management?

The lawsuit was filed by Laura and Timothy Wilkin, residents of Arkansas, on behalf of their minor daughter, Hannah. According to the lawsuit, the DRA therapist sexually groomed, molested and assaulted Hannah Wilkin starting in April of 2016 until May of 2016.

The DRA therapist, Troy Ammon Carter, used his position of power and authority to prey upon the young girl. According to the lawsuit, Carter disparaged Hannah’s relationship with her parents in order to win her trust; disclosed confidential information to Hannah about her parents; made inappropriate comments to Hannah regarding her apparel and physical appearance; asked Hannah for details about her sex life and the sexual activities she was interested in; disclosed details of his own sex life to Hannah; told Hannah about inappropriate dreams he had about her, and that he had a crush on her; and straddled Hannah from behind while she laid on a couch in his office, unhooked her bra, and massaged her back, upper buttocks, and upper pelvic area skin-on-skin. Carter also allegedly pretended to have a chiropractic license and performed chiropractic adjustments on the minor Hannah.

According to the lawsuit, Carter was terminated by DRA in May of 2016 for inappropriate physical contact with a different girl who was also his therapy patient, and Hannah Wilkin came forward about her own abuse shortly thereafter. The Wilkins’ lawsuit further alleges that prior to Carter’s abuse of these teenage girls, Carter signed a document at DRA’s request agreeing to not have physical contact with the teenagers in DRA’s care; furthermore, Carter had been reprimanded for inappropriate physical contact with several teenage boys in the school’s cafeteria.

Attorney Craig Vernon expressed frustration at what he termed DRA’s “turning a blind eye to the obvious warning signs” that Carter exhibited prior to abusing Hannah and the other unnamed girl. “DRA had already reprimanded Carter for inappropriately touching students, but did nothing to protect these vulnerable girls, who were isolated and far away from their families.”

Attorney Wes Larsen notes, “If DRA really cared about its students’ safety, it would have terminated Carter, put him on leave, or at least supervised him after the cafeteria incident. But for whatever reason, DRA chose to do nothing. DRA put other interests ahead of protecting the already-vulnerable kids within its care.”

Attorney Vernon comments that “not only did DRA not terminate Carter following inappropriate conduct, it allowed him to put paper over the windows of his office where he sexually assaulted Hannah and the other girl during these so-called counseling sessions. DRA literally allowed Carter to cover up the sexual assaults while they happened.”

According to Timothy Wilkin, “Our family was under significant stress when we enrolled Hannah at DRA. We, and our daughter, turned to DRA for help based on the services they offered, their location, facilities and the claims made in their professional marketing materials. DRA completely violated our trust and turned this into our worst nightmare.”

Hannah Wilkin expressed concern that other children had been or could be abused by Carter and predators like him who work at therapeutic boarding schools like DRA: “I just don’t want what happened to me to happen to other kids. We enroll at DRA to get help with the problems life throws at us, not to get molested by the counselor DRA assigns to us.”

About James, Vernon & Weeks, P.A.: James, Vernon & Weeks, P.A. is a nationally-recognized law firm of the nation’s leading lawyers in the field of child sex abuse. See www.jvwlaw.net for more information on attorneys Craig Vernon and Wes Larsen.


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lovely, all the worst to him in prison.
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Former RMA director facing Wyoming sex charges
NewsBF, March 29 - 2017

Former Rocky Mountain Academy director Scott Addison, 48, whose tenure there lasted just three months, was arrested in Laramie, Wyoming, February 22 and officially charged March 1 with 25 felony counts after multiple women accused him of sexual assault and attempted blackmail.

Addison, a certified addictions counselor who led RMA from September 2004 until his mutually agreed upon separation from the private school in Naples for undisclosed "issues and complications," has pled not guilty to charges including first degree sexual assault, blackmail, attempted blackmail, felonious assault and 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

He remains in custody in the Albany County Detention Center on $50,000 cash bond. If convicted on all counts, he could face life in prison.

According to the Laramie Boomerang, Addison was working as a therapist in Laramie with the firm Pendley & Associates. An investigation was launched against him in October, 2016, after a woman told Laramie police that she met Addison at his home in September, where, she said, she was beaten, tied up, sexually assaulted and photographed nude.

Addison threatened to send the photographs to others if she told anyone, the woman told investigators.

During a subsequent warrant search of his home, physical evidence was seized that police say corroborates the alleged victim's report, and electronics also taken were found to contain large numbers of sexually explicit images of Addison and several women, including the woman who made the initial report.

Police detectives made contact with a number of the women in those images, and four, all of whom knew him by different names, came forward and lodged official complaints. One of the women was 17 at the time she was allegedly assaulted.

Addison's resignation from Rocky Mountain Academy was announced in late November, 2004, and on December 28, he was charged in Boundary County with DUI, felony injury to a child and failure to give immediate notice of an accident.

On April 25, 2005, he was convicted of inattentive driving and an amended misdemeanor charge of injury to a child, the additional charges dismissed. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, suspended, fined $363.50 and given one year unsupervised probation.

After leaving RMA, Addison eventually moved to Boise, working as a grant officer for the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim's Assistance from February to July, 2007 before being fired after accusing a female supervisor of discrimination after he allegedly broke off a sexual affair with her.

A subsequent lawsuit was settled out of court in 2009, with him receiving $28,000.

In 2010, he went to work for the Ada County drug and veterans' courts until allegations were raised of sexual impropriety in 2014 and he was fired, though no criminal charges were brought. His 2015 lawsuit against Ada County, which includes allegations that he was sexually discriminated against because he is a man and that his employer failed to accommodate his bipolar disorder, is pending.
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The wiki page has been updated.

There is also a student testimony on a tumblr page about the problems students face in daily life years after their stay here.

luxintenebrislucet at Scott's Valley School

Finally a mother writes on Yelp
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I would give this place zero stars if I could. We sent our son here for 7 months. They never let you speak to your child...big red flag. You never speak to the school therapist if there even was one. There is sleep deprivation, starvation, verbal abuse. Kids are denied school time. The State of Oregon has closed it down. Let's hope they keep it closed.
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Peninsula Village / The Village - runaway problems
« Last post by Oscar on July 15, 2017, 05:35:47 PM »

Quote from: Local 8 Now
Neighbors say home has been a problem for years
By Kyle Grainger, November 13 - 2012

BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Neighbors living near a Blount County home where two teens ran from say they get alerts about runaways often.

Dispatchers say 15-year old Alexis Collins and 17-year old Amber Scott were found around 11:40 p.m. Monday, November 12 and taken to the Blount County Juvenile Center. Deputies had run away from their group home on Jones Bend Road in Louisville around 8:00pm the same night.

Authorities say the two broke into a house, stole cash and car keys, and were attempting to steal the homeowner's car but were caught.

They are each charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property of a motor vehicle over $10,000.

Thomas Nail has lived in the neighborhood for 22 years. He says Monday night was the first time he's gotten a phone call to tell him about the missing girls. he says he's found missing teens from Acadia over the years on his property.

"I got the call and went and searched things with a flashlight. I have a detached garage so I looked in there, didn't see anything, so I locked it up and just left the outside lights on," said Nail."It's part of life, but it's one of those kind of irritating parts of life that we have to put up with."

Nail said in the past he's gotten knocks on the door from counselors alerting him to runaways.

Others like the Murray family say they are grateful for the advanced warnings, so they can check up on things at home.

"I made sure my doors were locked, I did go out in the yard, and I kept my eye open for about an hour. I did see some traffic but I didn't see any of the kids on foot," said Murray. "I'm concerned because some of these kids are troubled. Glad to see the sheriff's office was responsive and let neighbors know what was going on."

A spokesperson with the sheriff's office says they've gotten calls to the home in the past, but no more than at any other treatment facility of this type.

According to the company's website, The Village is a fully licensed psychiatric residential treatment center and alcohol and drug treatment center for teenagers (ages 13-17).
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If someone can research this death, we would be happy:

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ANDREW STEVE CHANCE - January 5, 2000 - January 27, 2014

BIOGRAPHY

Andrew Steve Chance, age 14, of Talking Rock, Georgia, died Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Born January 5, 2000 in Griffin, Georgia, Andrew was preceded in death by Richelle Chance Hulgan. Andrew was an 8th Grade student at the Joy House in Jasper and was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jasper.

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The Troubled Teen Industry / Further problems with Mount Carmel Ranch
« Last post by Oscar on July 08, 2017, 03:22:35 AM »
The quality of the education is criticized:

Quote from: Billings Gazette
Mount Carmel didn’t fulfill promises to son, mother says
Ruffin Prevost, March 14 -2010

Woman seeks refund of $36,000 spent to get son a diploma

CODY — A woman who spent thousands of dollars to put her son through a Park County program for troubled boys is seeking a refund after learning that the correspondence school diploma he earned there does not meet U.S. Marine Corps admission standards.

Dawn Cooper of Birmingham, Ala., took out a loan and cashed in an annuity she had set aside for retirement. She used the money to pay $36,000 for her son to attend the Mount Carmel Youth Ranch in Clark and a related program for adults, Bear Tooth MT Ascent. Both programs share staff members and facilities on a 40,000-acre cattle ranch.

Mount Carmel Youth Ranch manager Matt Schneider said he was unaware of problems with the military accepting graduates from his program, and that other boys from the ranch had successfully entered the Marines.

A spokesman for a regional charity that has given $350,000 to the youth ranch defended its grants, saying the program has a good record of helping troubled teens get back on track.

“There are people that have mortgaged their homes to have their kids there, and they’re not getting adequate care or counseling or the other things they need,” said Cooper, whose son, Mason Holt, attended the youth program in the summer of 2008 and the adult program in the fall of that year.

Cooper said she put her son in the youth program to help with family issues and to help him finish high school so that he could join the Marines.

Holt flourished under the boys’ program, thanks mainly to a couple of dedicated staff members who have since left the ranch, she said. When Holt came home after completing the youth program, she was thrilled with his progress and enrolled him in the adult program to finish work toward a high school diploma.

“He was worse off when he came back the second time than when he went in the first time. I got so upset, I was just infuriated,” she said.

Holt, 19, said he passed the vocational aptitude test for the Marines and was ready to enlist when his recruiter told him that the ranch’s academic program was unaccredited and didn’t meet admissions standards.

A year wasted

“I felt like I wasted a year of my life,” Holt said.

Holt said the ranch had changed in the three months between when he left the youth program, turned 18, and entered the newly started Bear Tooth MT Ascent program for men ages 18-26.

“I was kind of distraught. I was just amazed at how bad it had gotten. They just wanted us to work the whole time and didn’t want us to do any school work,” he said.

While he was pleased with the schooling in the youth program, Holt said, academics were practically abandoned in the adult program, where he and others were told to focus on the business of running cattle operations.

“I basically paid money, thousands, for him to go out there and work their ranch,” Cooper said.

Schneider would not comment on whether he would offer Cooper a refund, and said he was unaware of any problems with the military not accepting students who received diplomas from the ranch’s academic programs.

A Gazette story in 2007 detailed problems students have had in transferring credits from Mount Carmel’s unaccredited Our Lady of the Rosary home school program.

Sgt. Thomas Rinehart, a Marine recruiter in Cody, said that admissions standards are posted online. He said that students must have a high school diploma from an accredited, traditional high school, or they must score exceptionally high on aptitude tests. Otherwise, they need a general equivalency degree and 15 hours of college credit, a path Holt is working to complete.

Schneider said parents are fully briefed on the two academic programs offered, Our Lady of the Rosary and Seton, a separate, nationally accredited Catholic home school program.

“We tell the parents the difference between both schools, and the parents choose which school,” Schneider said.

“She didn’t talk to me about it. She could have been talking to the school director we had at that time,” he said.

Cooper and Holt said they each had several conversations with ranch personnel, including the school director, about Holt’s goal to join the Marines and were told that Our Lady of the Rosary was the right program for him.

Cooper said that enrolling Holt in the Seton program “was not even an option given to us.”

Unreturned calls

“Mason came back the second time and was really struggling, and they told him when he left, ‘We’ll always be here for you.’ He would call and leave message after message after message, and no one would return his call,” Cooper said.

She said she left several messages at the ranch expressing her frustration over the school program but heard from Schneider only after The Gazette contacted the ranch seeking comment.

Cooper said her son did not receive the schooling or counseling he was promised, and that she felt cheated after spending so much money on the program.

Public disclosure records for 2008 for the tax-exempt, nonprofit Mount Carmel Youth Ranch show that its annual revenues were $825,220 and that it spent $12,125 on counseling, less than what it spent on advertising and promotions.

The Daniels Fund, which primarily supports charities and programs in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, announced in February a $100,000 grant to the program.

Peter J. Droege, a spokesman for the Daniels Fund, said he was not sure whether the grant would support operations, capital projects or both.

Records for the Daniels Fund also show grants to Mount Carmel Youth Ranch in 2004 of $75,000 for staff housing and in 2007 of $175,000 for a sports complex.

“We do set a very high standard for due diligence in reviewing grant requests, and this was the case with Mount Carmel Youth Ranch,” Droege said.

He said data provided by Mount Carmel Youth Ranch showed that it had a proven record of “having a clear and significant impact in getting youth to be self-sufficient and independent so they can move on to better lives.”

Droege said he was aware of incidents at the ranch, including a violent assault in 2005 in which boys used a shovel to beat a counselor in the head, causing him serious, permanent disabilities.

Droege said that incident resulted because the counselor did not follow ranch policies, and that the program has since improved operations, regularly meeting Wyoming’s certification standards for a group home.

“A lot of society is willing to write off these young people and thinks we’re better off building bigger prisons,” he said.

“We’re sold on this one,” Droege said of the youth ranch. “We think they do exactly what they set out to do, serving an at-risk population that’s very difficult to work with.”
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