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« on: September 23, 2006, 10:00:30 PM »
Friday, September 22, 200

Plea deal for ex-school operator

She agrees not to run another rehab facility in Juab

By Linda Thomson
Deseret Morning News
     
The former operator of a therapeutic school for troubled youths who has been kicked out of Mexico and accused of starving horses in Canada has agreed not to run another rehabilitation school in Juab County.
      The agreement in Cheryl Sudweeks' case was reached this week as part of a plea bargain in a hazing incident involving students at the now defunct Whitmore Academy in Nephi, once operated by Cheryl Sudweeks and her husband, Mark.
      Sudweeks, 51, pleaded no contest to four charges of attempted hazing, all class C misdemeanors. She was originally charged with six counts of child abuse, class A misdemeanors, and two counts of hazing, one a class A misdemeanor and the other a class B misdemeanor. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for purposes of sentencing.
      The charges stem from claims by four teens that they had been abused at the facility, where investigators insist there were instances of physical abuse, as well as medical, educational and environmental neglect.
       The grandmother of one of the victims is furious over the plea deal reached ? insisting a child abuser got off easy. Even the prosecutor is muted in his praise for the outcome of the criminal case, calling it the best he could get under the circumstances.
      "These kids made some allegations of abuse and I completely believe them. That's why I filed the case. But the fact that I believe them is one thing, whether a jury is going to believe is a whole different question," Juab County Attorney Jared Eldridge said.
      The plea bargain allowed Sudweeks to enter a "plea in abeyance," which means the case will be closed in 12 months and the charges dismissed as long as she complies with the court's terms.
      Those terms issued out the 4th District include completing 50 hours of community service and payment of a fine. Sudweeks also signed an agreement promising to never run a youth program in the county for the rest of her life.
      "After discussing this case in the office and with other prosecutors I know, I felt this was a good way to resolve this case," Eldridge said. "It addresses some of the concerns I have ? not all of them ? but it resolves Mrs. Sudweeks to a be a law-abiding citizen for a year. Even if we got a conviction, that's all the probation she would have been given anyway. It requires her to pay a fine and do community service.
      "And it shuts her down, at least here in Juab County, so they can't do business here. I believe it effectively shuts them down in the state of Utah," Eldridge said, adding that he forwarded the plea agreement to state officials over licensing.
      Susan Schacherer, grandmother of a girl who was Sudweeks' boarding school for about a year, is convinced her granddaughter was repeatedly abused and humiliated.
      Schacherer said the plea bargain is a slap on the wrist that sends the message that Cheryl Sudweeks can rough up minors and face no consequences. "For all intents and purposes, she got away with it," Schacherer said.
      Sudweeks' lawyer, James Merrell, thinks otherwise: "Cheryl Sudweeks has had her life destroyed by the actions of some gullible people who work for the government who believe the words of kids that have a long history of lying and manipulating."
      While the criminal case has been resolved, the families of four young people have filed a civil lawsuit against the Sudweekses seeking financial compensation.
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2006, 11:26:32 PM »
"Cheryl Sudweeks has had her life destroyed......"

Now isn't that just one lovely, little, warm, fuzzy statement?
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2006, 11:32:07 PM »
Anyone think Cheryl Sudweeks can actually be a law-abiding-citizen for a full calendar year?  Now that's a lot of pressure for this woman :exclaim:  :o
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2006, 08:43:02 PM »
Eldridge seems right about one thing, the Suds are "effectively shut down in Utah," so they need to move-it-on-down-the-road!!!

Sell that little "dream facility" they were building in Juab County, and spread that money around to the parents in the civil case, along with any proceeds from the dear ole Whit Mansion.
Sell...sell...sell.... then pay...pay...pay!!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2006, 10:49:12 PM »
excellent post !!!  BRAVO JOHNNY.............Suds will pay dearly............civil jury and all..............risk / reward...........dam depos................truth....LIES............smelly old flies on the wall.....DOCUMENTED FACTS............ritalin rumors.......old girlfriend notes..........the treats...the sweets........forgot the notes in the sheets.................baby kangaroo on the stand............I object you honor.........smack his hand....................OH YA...take the stand BITCH.....................AMF
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2006, 01:44:25 AM »
sure like reading that part about where "Cheryl Sudweeks's life was destroyed......."  Guess she has a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of the same feeling some of those abused Whitmore kids had after she got through tormenting them, huh?

But no one's feeling sorry for that bag of shit.
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2006, 01:44:17 AM »
A "CORRECTION CHERYL SUDWEEKS" in the Deseret Morning News on September 27, 2006 states that:
 "Chery Sudweeks pleaded no contest to four class C misdemeanor counts of hazing........"
It goes on to say:  "A Sept. 22 article included incorrect details about the dispositon of the case and the number of charges."

NOT attempted hazing!

Big difference there folks!
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2006, 04:45:13 PM »
"Cheryl Sudweeks has had her life destroyed by the actions of some gullible people who work for the government who believe the words of kids that have a long history of lying and manipulating."

That quote there is the truth. I went there for a year and the abuse those kids say happened didn't. Stop posting shit you don't know a damn thing about, the best year of my life was there and i would trade 10 of my years now just to do it again. Cheryl is a good person so get a life and go discuss something you know the facts about.
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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2006, 05:31:46 AM »
Think Cheryl still lives there in Utah, right?
You're free to go right back there an live with her--LONG AS YOU AIN'T A KID AND SHE AIN'T IN JUAB COUNTY...so head right on back up there, kiddo.  Who's stopping you?
Oh, that's right---someone would have to pay up another $40,000 or so right??? for you to enjoy another wonder year with this woman.
Good grief.
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2006, 05:33:34 AM »
Was "Cheryl's life really destroyed?"
Why does that just tickle some folks really really good?
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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2006, 05:10:54 PM »
All this just makes me sick.  There truly are some disturbed people with no morals.

Shane Haley
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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2006, 06:53:08 PM »
Shane, you are right. But don't lose hope and don't lose sight of what you know to be right.
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« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2006, 06:43:31 PM »
Who is Shane Haley?
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« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2006, 06:43:49 PM »
Who is Shane Haley?
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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2006, 07:55:02 PM »
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