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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Terri Nissley pays herself $111,444.00
« on: February 02, 2012, 05:04:09 AM » ... 06_990.pdf

Pathway Family Center,

Excerpts from the program's last 990:

Terri C. Nissley - Former President and CEO

Pathway Family Center
Schedule 0, for fiscal year ending 6/30/09
38-3- 118719
This is Pathway Family Center ' s final 990. The organization
discontinued operations effective July 17, 2009. All Assets
have been dispersed to secured creditors.

Pathway Family Center ceased all operations due to adverse economic conditions and the
resulting inability to sustain operations. All assets were disposed, selling at fair market
value and proceeds were used to pay secured creditors.

Review and adjustment of the CEO's compensation was initiated by the Chairman of the
Board . The Chairman of the Board reviewed external , comparative salary data from
other non-profit agencies, with similar numbers of employees, and similar annual
revenues . This information allowed him to evaluate Pathway Family Center's CEO
compensation. The Chairman would then present findings and recommendations to the
governing board . A change in compensation was be approved by the board.
This was done annually, although no salary adjustment has been made in the past 3 years
due to poor economic conditions. ... search.php

In the beginning of the year, the program's assets were $1,419,971.00
At the end of the year, it was recorded $46,200.00

Terri Nissley paid herself nearly $17,000.00 more this last year than prior years "while" Pathway closed down in 2009 due to supposed "adverse economic conditions".  

She paid herself: $111,444.00 for the last year of Pathway's existence.

It appears by the address that the "Phoenix Institute for Adolescents Inc" has changed it's name to
"Phoenix Program of GBCH and FM Inc."

Old name: ... c1/a94.htm

New name: ... 067880157/

I tried to call but the number is busy, probably due to after hours. (770) 514-8255

I could not find a website for this program. I am mainly trying to find out if it is still open.

The Troubled Teen Industry / HELP, MY TEEN IS OUT OF CONTROL !!!
« on: January 31, 2012, 02:34:07 AM »
How many parents go looking for a program with this phrase in their mind? Probably all of them. So what is the general problem? They do not know what they are dealing with; an adolescent. And mostly they are not aware that this is a difficult, but normal stage of development. And, like a bad storm, it will eventually come to an end.

I feel bad for parents, I really do. My attempts at raising two teenagers have been slow and clumsy. There seems to be no rule of thumb for parenting. But we should always give love and attention, and do our best at being fair and just.

It is important to define normal adolescent behavior scientifically. Proving that adolescence is not a disease that requires treatment will be insightful to parents who have bought the "troubled teen" propaganda of fixing the abnormal behavior of kids. I have pasted some info that I found useful below, I may post more in the future. If anyone knows of any articles / essays or  links pertaining to this topic, please post.


Adolescence can be a specifically turbulent as well as a dynamic period of one's life. It has been identified as a period in which young people develop abstract thinking abilities, become more aware of their sexuality, develop a clearer sense of psychological identity, and increase their independence from parents. G. Stanley Hall denoted this period as one of "Storm and Stress" and, according to him, conflict at this developmental stage is normal and not unusual. Margaret Mead, on the other hand, attributed the behavior of adolescents to their culture and upbringing, as the majority of problems associated with adolescence in western society are not present in other cultures.


Early adolescence is a stage at which the peer group becomes increasingly important, with conformity to peers peaking at 11–13 years (Costanzo and Shaw 1966). 90% of adolescents identify themselves with a peer group (Palmonari, 1989). According to Judith Rich Harris's theory of group socialization, children and adolescents are shaped more by their peers than their parents (Harris 1997). Peers can encourage both prosocial behavior, which peaks at 11–12 years, or anti-social behavior, which peaks at 14–15 years (Bendt, 1979). Adolescents are less likely to feel depressed or anxious if the peer group provides emotional support (Buhrmester, 1992). Arguments between parents and children increase considerably during adolescence (Feeney, 1999). However, adolescents with few or no close friends are closer to their parents and are less likely to be subject to peer pressure.


Adolescents are widely considered by the psychological establishment to be prone to recklessness and risk-taking behaviors, which can lead to substance abuse, car accidents, unsafe sex, and youth crime. There is some evidence that this risk-taking is biologically driven, caused by the social and emotional part of the brain (amygdala) developing faster than the cognitive-control part of the brain (frontal cortex).

News Items / Earth Services / The House Next Door
« on: January 16, 2012, 02:26:37 AM » ... -terpening

More sex charges for former youth director

32-year-old Michael Terpening

Updated: Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011, 6:07 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

BELLEVUE, Mich. (WOOD) - A youth home director already facing 11 charges of molesting boys from the home is expected to face new charges after a fifth victim came forward on Monday, state police said.

The latest victim's allegations are similar to the others: That Michael Terpening sexually assaulted him in his position as executive director of Earth Services -- a camp near Bellevue, between Hastings and Battle Creek, meant to help troubled boys by allowing them to work on a farm, police said.

The state Department of Human Services licensed the youth home for 15 boys, ages 10 to 17. Many are troubled; some were ordered there by the courts, police said.

"I'd equate it to a predator operating in an environment in which he held all the cards and had a lot of control over the targets that he was after," State Police 1st Lt. Chuck Christensen told 24 Hour News 8 on Tuesday. "They were there to try and get on the right path, and he took advantage of that in his position."

The investigation began in May, after an alleged victim told a board member of Earth Services that Terpening had sexually assaulted him.

Earth Services, also known as The House Next Door, is a tax-exempt non-profit organization that works with "at-risk teens," according to IRS tax records. In 2009, it spent more than $142,000 in programing.

"Each teen is provided counseling, education and each teen is assigned a rescue animal, making it their responsibility to care for another life," the tax filing states.

The state police investigation uncovered a second alleged victim, leading to a total of nine charges, ranging from fondling to sexual penetration.

Two more boys later came forward, leading to charges No. 10 and 11. Terpening was arraigned on those charges on Monday and released on a $300,000 bond.

Then, on Monday, a fifth victim reached out to police, Christensen said.

"A lot of times, in cases like these, the victims might be apprehensive about coming forward," Christensen said. "But when it's aired and they see that it didn't just happen to them, they're a lot more forthcoming."

Police say Terpening got to know the victims on the farm, then molested them elsewhere. They say the assaults began several years ago.

One neighbor said he doesn't believe the allegations and has written a letter to court in support of Terpening.

Another neighbor says he's waiting to pass judgment.

"Until he's tried and convicted, I'm not going to convict him," Paul Langford said. "Like I say, if it's true, it's terrible. You're supposed to be helping these kids and you're taking advantage of them."

Police, in the meantime, say they're waiting for more possible victims.

"I would not be surprised if we did have more," Christensen said. "I would expect it."

State officials say they pulled the remaining six or seven boys from the home when they learned of the allegations. They are working to revoke the program's license.

Terpening was first arrested and arraigned last week on nine charges and posted a $250,000 bond.

Also, a related report states that there are now 6 victims and 12 sexual assault charges filed: ... ire-Report

News Items / Lawsuit filed against West Ridge Academy
« on: January 12, 2012, 02:51:36 AM » ... 4397.story

Lawsuit filed against youth center claiming physical, sexual abuse

Aaron Vaughn, Web Producer

FOX 13 News

9:18 p.m. MST, January 11, 2012


Now 25-years-old, Eric Norwood says that Utah Boys Ranch employees held him against his will and abused him during his stay as a teenager. Norwood filed a lawsuit against the West Jordan based facility for troubled teens.

The lawsuit alleges child sex abuse, negligence, and physical abuse that nearly led to death of Norwood. Norwood says he is speaking up about the abuse at Rehabilitation Ranch, now known as West Ridge Academy, in order to save others from the alleged pain he has suffered during and after his time there. On Wednesday, Norwood discussed the allegations at a press conference.

"I was physically and sexually abused, systematically pretty much the entire time I was at the Utah Boys Ranch which is now called West Ridge academy from ages 15 to 18 and I left on my eighteenth birthday when they could no longer hold me," Norwood said.

The civil lawsuit was filed in district court in Los Angeles because the statute of limitation had expired in Utah. Norwood is from California.

West Ridge Executive Director Ken Allen says he denies all the allegations. He says the 47-year record at West Ridge Academy speaks for itself. However, others are making allegation against the academy too.

Christopher Wade says he was there for nine months when he was just 16. He has not filed a lawsuit, but the Salt Lake City man wants to see changes at West Ridge.

Wade spoke with FOX 13 via phone call Wednesday: "I ran laps in the snow in my underwear for hours, cleaning dumpsters in my underwear out in the snow, forced to line up naked under the guise of looking for drugs or whatever, it was really so they could humiliate you and poke fun at the way ou looked and throw rubber balls at our genitals while you were standing there."  

The lawsuit is asking for $11 million in damages for Norwood, including pain and suffering as a result of his time at West Ridge.

So far, no criminal action has been filed in the case.

Former Utah Senator Chris Buttars was the executive director at the academy at the time of the allegations. He too denies that any kind of abuse went on under his watch.

News Items / Teen on life support after assault at children's home
« on: December 22, 2011, 05:42:15 PM » ... r-fight-at

Teen on life support after assault at children's home

Posted: Dec 22, 2011 8:53 AM EST
Updated: Dec 22, 2011 12:20 PM EST


A teenager is on life support after an assault earlier this week at a Butler County children's home.

Chief Richard St. John with Fairfield Township Police says the assault occurred Monday night at One Way Farm on River Road.

According to the incident report, the 16-year-old victim suffered head injuries from a punch and being slammed to the ground by another juvenile at the facility. Witnesses say there was an argument over a flashlight that escalated to the assault.

The assault occurred between 7:30 and 8 p.m., but wasn't reported until employees were conducting bed checks at 11 p.m. and found the victim lying on the floor.

The victim was taken to Children's Hospital, where he has been placed on life support. The 17-year-old suspect is facing an aggravated assault charge and is being held at the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center.

St. John said reports that the teen had died are untrue.

According to its website, One Way Farm provides residential care 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, serving approximately 8,500 children since it opened in 1976. The agency provides an Animal Education Therapy Program, an Employment Training Program, Counseling Services and a Youth Program to further the healing of children.

One Way Farm's board president, Greg Elam, released the following statement:

"On Monday evening two of our children, ages 16 and 17, were involved in an altercation that resulted in the hospitalization of one of the children. As an organization that has been recognized as a leader in healing and helping children live a long and fruitful life, we are doing everything possible to understand and to cope with this unfortunate event that has affected these two children. The incident is currently under investigation by Fairfield Township Police and One Way Farm.  While it is being investigated, the instigator of the fight was removed immediately from One Way Farm and placed in the Butler County Juvenile Detention. We continue to work in the best interests of the children in our care and will be providing counseling to protect the progress they have made and to continue to support their emotional healing.

"We are extremely heartbroken over this event.  With more than 9,000 children coming through the One Way Farm, we have never experienced such loss."

Copyright 2011 FOX19. All Rights Reserved.

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Sean Noakes from KHK
« on: October 19, 2011, 03:48:57 AM »
Sean Noakes. A friend for a few months in KHK. Programs sometimes create murderers. ... natti.html

Stabbing devastates family

Cincinatti Enquirer
By Brenna R. Kelly and Kevin Kelly - July 11, 2008

FLORENCE - Candles, flowers and stuffed animals now sit on the doorstep of the house where Sharon Gette and Barbara Rodgers were viciously attacked with a knife Wednesday.

Ever since the stabbing, which killed Gette and severely injured Rodgers, her 72-year-old mother, friends neighbors and strangers have been leaving the items on the porch of the Raintree Road home, said Gette’s daughter Kelly King.

“The community has really pulled together,” she said, “So many people have walked up to my doorstep to wish me well and my family. I just want to let everybody know out there in that neighborhood that I appreciate it a lot. I couldn’t ask for a better community to live in.”

A funeral for Gette, 51, will be held Monday at Linnemann Funeral Home in Erlanger. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. with a service following at 3 p.m.

On Friday, Rodgers continued to recover at University Hospital, King said. While the family had been hopeful she would be released today, Rodgers will need more treatment including skin grafts, King said.

Sean Noakes, 39, who is accused of stabbing the women is being held in the Boone County jail without bond. He is charged with murder, attempted murder and being a persistent felony offender. He will appear in court July 18 at 9 a.m.

After Barbara Rodgers' husband died last year, Sean Noakes, who lived about two blocks away, would occasionally stop by to help the elderly woman take out the trash.

Relatives living two doors down from Rodgers thought nothing of it when they saw the 39-year-old Noakes leaving her bi-level home on Raintree Road before 8 p.m. Wednesday.

"I didn't stop and stare at him," said Matt Strickland, whose wife, Kelly King, is Rodgers' granddaughter, "because I see him all the time around the neighborhood."

Later, the family learned that Rodgers and her daughter, Sharon Gette, had been stabbed inside the home and that police think Noakes was the attacker. Gette, 51, died from her injuries; Rodgers, 72, was at University Hospital on Thursday.

"My grandmother is an old woman who doesn't turn a stranger away," King, Gette's only child, said. "My mom was a great woman. My mom was a great mom, and she was a great grandma."

Florence police found Noakes three hours later at the Houston Road Longhorn Steakhouse bar and arrested him.

"There's something wrong when you can kill somebody and then go to a restaurant," Florence police spokesman Capt. John McDermond said.

Noakes is charged with murder, attempted murder and being a persistent felony offender. He is being held without bond in the Boone County jail.

Noakes, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 300 pounds, has an extensive criminal background and history of mental illness. King said Thursday that she was well aware of his history.

"If you really want to report on something, report on how he was walking the streets. Run his background. Look at his report. Report that stuff," King said. "Report the fact there was a lunatic on the streets and that Kentucky laws are so ridiculous and so lenient that people like that can walk the streets."

Thursday, police were searching the east Florence neighborhood, including a creek about 75 yards from Rodgers' home, for a knife. They were also talking to neighbors.

"We don't have a reason why he did this," McDermond said.

McDermond said neighbors helped find Noakes after word circulated Wednesday night that he was the suspect in the stabbing. Someone came to the scene and told police that they saw Noakes at Steak 'n Shake in Florence, McDermond said. Police found Noakes across the street at Longhorn Steakhouse.

"He did not have a great deal of blood on him when he was arrested," he said.

Police hope Rodgers will be able to fill in the blanks in the case when she recovers, McDermond said.

King said her grandmother was in stable condition Thursday. Rodgers does not know her daughter died, King said. The family planned to tell her later, she said.

"One woman was tragically taken from me," King said. "My grandma is in the hospital over a senseless act."

Gette grew up in the area, relatives said, and was a friendly person who loved her grandchildren. She was living in the house, assisting her mother, and had been employed as an inspector at Ellison Surface Technologies in Hebron.

In addition to being known in the neighborhood where he lived with his parents, Noakes was known to police.

"We've had calls on him off and on since the early '90s," McDermond said.

In 1993, Noakes walked into the Frisch's restaurant at Turfway Road and Ky. 18 and held employees hostage. He released the hostages one by one "stating he was told to protect the people," according to the police report.

Noakes pleaded guilty but mentally ill to kidnapping in Boone Circuit Court in 1994 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Before he pleaded guilty, Noakes underwent a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation that found he was competent to stand trial. Noakes told the psychologist that he heard voices and was taking two psychiatric medications. The report also said Noakes spent five days in Eastern State Hospital, a mental health center in Lexington, just months before the kidnapping.

Before the kidnapping, Noakes had been convicted of 14 other crimes starting in 1989 when he was 21. The convictions included criminal possession of a forged instrument, forgery, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking, terroristic threatening and alcohol intoxication.

In prison, Noakes repeatedly petitioned to have his sentence reduced, telling the judge that he was "tricked and coerced" into pleading guilty, believing that he would be sent to a mental hospital. His motions were denied.

Noakes was released in 1998 after serving about four years. He went to prison twice again for parole violations.

He was released for the final time in April 2004, the Department of Corrections said.

John Stevenson said he has been a friend of Noakes' father since childhood and called to tell him what happened Wednesday. Stevenson said the family was crushed by the news.

"His mother and father both tried to help him, but with his record, he couldn't get work," Stevenson said. "Doors wouldn't open for him; so, needless to say, it sends him right back into the same old crowd with the same old habits."

Strickland said relatives of Gette and Rodgers were "staying real close together, helping each other get through."

A memorial fund in Sharon Gette's name has been established. Donations can be made at any Fifth Third Bank branch.

Staff writers Quan Truong and Jim Hannah contributed.

Fairhaven Church protests:

News link: ... i-say.html

Church scandal: Parents to blame, I say

JERRY DAVICH [email protected] October 9, 2011 11:00PM

Updated: October 10, 2011 1:58AM

The deafening church bells rang loudly for more than 30 minutes straight as protesters across the street yelled in defiance.

“Shame on you!” screamed Kim York, who attended Fairhaven Baptist Church in Chesterton from 1974 to 1982. “What you’re doing is wrong! Stop preaching lies!”

Even 30 years later, York is still seething about her childhood years spent at the church, which just celebrated its 41st year in operation.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, the 46-year-old Bass Lake believer joined dozens of other protesters to demonstrate against the long controversial but “old-fashioned Bible-believing church,” as it literature states.

“By reading and understanding the Bible, we can know how to get to heaven and how to live a successful life until we arrive,” the church’s website states. “It has instructions on how to have a wonderful husband-wife relationship, how to successfully rear children, and how to cope with the stress of these times.”

The Bible must be coming in handy these days as the church comes under fire from dozens of former members and students claiming allegations of abuse, physical attacks, and over-the-top corporal punishment in the name of God.

Passing motorists honked in support. Protesters screamed to raise awareness. Fairhaven buses filled with kids from outside of town streamed from the entranceway. Church security guards patrolled the street. And a Fairhaven helicopter circled overhead.

Yes, it was quite a scene. (For a short video of the Oct. 2 protest, amid the ringing church bells, visit my Facebook page.)

“They’re turning the church bells on to silence us, but it won’t work,” screamed David Gonzales, 22, of Portage, a former student of the church. “We’re not here to close down the church. We’re here to raise awareness to what is taking place inside the church.”

Gonzales, whose family still attends Fairhaven, is one of several former students who appeared in a Sept. 22 CNN investigative report titled “Ungodly Discipline,” exploring allegations of systemic abuse, physical assaults, and out-of-control punishment.

“If our protests stop just one child from being abused or harmed then what we are doing is all worth it,” said Alison Lavery of Hobart, who attended the church from age 4 to 19, when she was allegedly kicked out for secretly dating another church member.

“We lived in fear on a daily basis, and the swats we received left bruises,” she added.

The church’s senior pastor and founder, the Rev. Roger Voegtlin, has been a longtime advocate for using tough-love biblical scriptures and principals for child rearing. In 1974, he was jailed for such practices, but he reportedly won against all charges.

“Spanking is not abuse. Not spanking is abuse. And then you’re going to spank them – five, six, seven, eight good ones. You make them burn,” Voegtlin preached on Nov. 22, 1998, in a 7,562-word sermon titled, “How to Raise Godly Children.”

“I’m not saying this, God is saying it. I’m just illustrating it. I’m just saying exactly what the Bible says. I couldn’t make it any stronger,” he told church members. “When the Bible talks about raising children, it talks about discipline. We are a soft generation, and we’re raising a softer generation.”

In contrast, the protester’s online petition counters by stating, “The Holy Bible does not teach anyone to physically or emotionally abuse children. The Holy Bible does not teach public humiliation. The Holy Bible does not teach us to lie about and cover up our transgressions.”

Voegtlin and other Fairhaven officials did not respond to several pointed questions for this column. But I did hear from three different attorneys who felt compelled to vouch for the church’s “fine upstanding leadership and congregation.” I thought that was very interesting.

According to the Porter County Sheriff’s Police, there have been 207 incident reports at the church dating back to 2003. Most of those are 911 hang-up calls, typical of such public locations as a school involving vandalism, an arson, and other minor incidents.

Only one report, in 2006, involved a student being “accosted” for not being allowed to use the bathroom.

“When she got up from class to go anyway, (Fairhaven) staff surrounded her and pulled her into another room,” Porter County Sheriff David Lain said. “Officers arrived and took statements, looked at any physical evidence, and determined that the student was being disruptive and there was no sign of physical harm.”

But I’m convinced that physical harm has taken place at the church. I’ve heard rumors, whispers, and allegations of such things for decades.

Only now has a relatively small group of former students come forward to voice their feelings. And, still, they have fears of retribution.

“I am not standing against God or the Bible or even Fairhaven as a church,” said Samuel Bain, who spent 25 years at Fairhaven. “(Church officials) have been given every chance to deal with the legal and moral laws they have broken with total disregard for the civil law and human rights for 41-plus years. Wrong is wrong.”

“Here’s to hoping the church wakes up and realizes that their own children they are sending to hell are just as precious in the eyes of God as the hundreds they bus in every Sunday,” said Bain, who is now 30 and lives in Naperville. Ill.

Bain said his sister is a teacher at the church’s academy, and his father is still on the church’s deacon board. Still, he created an invitation-only Facebook page called Facehaven for former church members to vent their fears, feelings, and frustrations.

“I am not scared any longer. The abuse must end,” said 40-year-old Catherine Selter, who was adopted as a young girl by Voegtlin but who left the church at age 19.

Selter, who lives in the Louisville, Ky., area, has one goal these days: “For Voegtlin, and his son, Jeff Voegtlin, to be held accountable for their abusive actions.”

“Roger Voegtlin promotes child abuse. Jeff Voegtlin not only promotes physical abuse and dishes out physical abuse, but I know for a fact he also dished out some sexual abuse. It has taken me almost 25 years to be in the right frame of mind to stand up against it.”

The church averages 2,000 members for its Sunday school, according to its literature. I don’t doubt this. For decades, Fairhaven buses traveling on region roadways have been as common as crosses inside a church. The same goes for the ubiquitous sales of candy bars by Fairhaven youth, allegedly to support their programs.

Protesters claim the candy sales are for less wholesome endeavors, though they haven’t yet substantiated their allegations. Nor have they proved every claim of abuse, physical attack, or other devious acts.

But even to a long-time casual observer such as myself, the swirling smoke of allegations must have a spark of truth behind it. The recent protests simply ignited this powder-keg issue.

In Roger Voegtlin’s Nov. 22, 1998, sermon, he asked church members, “Can you imagine the welfare department sitting in the back of this auditorium listening to me preach? Can you imagine the Gary Post-Tribune sitting in here? Can you imagine what they would write?”

Yes, I can. Personally, I blame the parents of these former students, and the parents of any children who still attend Fairhaven and who may be subjected to such treatment – in the name of God.

Many of these parents sadly obey church doctrine over their own instincts and common sense. And I’m told they (wrongly) believe if they question the church, then they in turn question God.

What a shame.

What a joke. What a lame excuse for any parent.

What would Jesus do? How about what will these parents do now that protesters have courageously alerted them to this issue, which may lead to a possible lawsuit and state-regulated oversight?

“The Bible is simple,” Voegtlin told his believers. “You can’t understand the King James Bible? Then I feel sorry for you.”

I may not understand the Bible as well as him and others, but amid the deafening church bells, the angry protests, and the claims of abuse in the name of God, I’m reminded of a poignant yet powerful biblical verse: “Jesus wept.”

The Troubled Teen Industry / H.R. 3126 Bill Report
« on: October 10, 2011, 05:58:54 PM »
The text of the bill isn't out yet but feel free to write your member of congress and leave comments here: ... ort#nation

H.R. 3126: To require certain standards and enforcement provisions to prevent child abuse and neglect in residential programs, and for other purposes.

Teen Challenge / Need Help if you were in TC
« on: October 10, 2011, 04:35:23 PM »
A prominent news agency in Florida is investigating Teen challenge in northern Florida. If you or someone you know were in this program and would like to help with the story, please contact me. If it is another Teen challenge, that may be of some benefit as well.

The media is doing a report because a family member is trying to get their "detainee" out of the program. This media organization has closed at least one abusive program in the past due to their reporting.

[email protected]

News Items / Protesters target Fairhaven
« on: September 26, 2011, 05:29:11 PM » ... haven.html

Protesters target Fairhaven

By MICHELLE L. QUINN Post-Tribune correspondent

September 25, 2011 11:26PM

Updated: September 26, 2011 2:00AM

CHESTERTON — Catherine Selter isn’t angry at her adoptive family anymore, but she does have a question she would like answered.

Selter, 40, wants to know, if none of the accusations being leveled against Fairhaven Baptist Church by several former members are true, why did her adoptive brother, associate pastor the Rev. Jeff Voegtlin, write a letter apologizing for what he allegedly did to her years ago, before she left her family and the church in 1989? Selter said she still has the letter at her home, along with about 40 emails, also apologizing.

Others in the more than 150 protesters outside Fairhaven Baptist on Sunday weren’t as concerned with apologies for the rampant, brutal abuse they said they endured during their time under the church’s tutelage, because what’s done is done. All they want is for Fairhaven leaders to stop preaching about and, more importantly, stop using corporal punishment on young members.

And, if it takes a civil lawsuit they plan to file this week to do it, they’re fine with that, said former member Alison Lavery, 25.

Selter, Lavery and several other protesters were among some 17 former Fairhaven members interviewed for “Ungodly Discipline,” an investigative segment featured on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” on Sept. 22. Lavery, a member from the age of 4 to 19, said she officially was excommunicated from the church because she’d gotten married, but another issue hastened her departure: the alleged rape of her 13-year-old sister by another church member.

“(The church leaders) called it ‘an affair’ and blamed her, so my family left the church because that wasn’t right,” Lavery said. “But I had just transferred into the (church’s school) dorms, so they put me on grounds arrest, meaning I couldn’t leave the property or talk to anyone outside of the church. And they told me if I ever left, my life would be destroyed.”

Dean Leslie, a representative of Fairhaven, sat outside the church entrance Sunday in a late-model white truck with one of its security guards. He declined comment.

Jeremiah Souza, 26, and his sister, Rachel Souza, 25, left the church five years ago because they said they couldn’t tolerate the abuse and humiliation any longer. Jeremiah, who said he had been raped by a church member for three years, said he wasn’t there to protest out of spite, either.

“This is a chance for us to say, in a peaceful way, that the abuse has to stop,” said Jeremiah, who also was featured in the CNN segment.

Both Souzas said their parents still are members of the church and that, because of pressure by church elders to disassociate from people who leave Fairhaven, they haven’t spoken to either of them since they left.

Karen Kenney, who organized the protest along with her daughter, Lauren, said she never really thought the church would be accused of such things, even though Lauren said she thought the place was “creepy” whenever she’d visit with friends who were members. When she saw the CNN segment, however, she couldn’t ignore it any longer.

“We live right down the street, so how can we just pretend that we don’t know what’s going on there?” Karen said. “There’s a segment of people who don’t believe that children should be beaten and humiliated, and even if we can reach one (member) and make them think, this is worth it.”

Tiffany Parker, also of Chesterton, said she felt sick to her stomach when she saw the CNN show. Her children had gone to Fairhaven on occasion, picked up by the white buses the church sends to shuttle children to and from church services, Sunday School and other activities.

“I had the kids stop going when I realized they were going more for the candy and not because they wanted to go,” Parker said. “Because my kids were sort of outsiders, they really didn’t see a lot of what they’ve been saying and, thankfully, they were never hurt. But I do not want them coming to my house anymore.”

News Items / 2nd "Kids for Cash" Judge gets 17.5 years
« on: September 25, 2011, 05:11:26 AM »
I posted this before but I realized it was sort of buried in the other thread.

Check it out here:  viewtopic.php?f=49&t=26989&start=60

News Items / Church allowed to grow POT
« on: September 20, 2011, 10:56:07 PM »

Almost a contradiction in itself...........

Loophole Means Anacortes Man Can Grow Marijuana Near Anacortes School -- For Now

Lee Stoll
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News North Sound Reporter

Posted: 4:35 pm PDT September 20, 2011
Updated: 6:02 pm PDT September 20, 2011

ANACORTES, Washington -- A pot-growing church in Anacortes is under fire from community members, but as parents of a nearby elementary school have discovered, a loophole is preventing police from doing anything about it.

KIRO 7 first talked with Peter Jackson at his home in June. The licensed minister had no problem showing us his marijuana garden.

A few days prior to our visit, two elementary students had climbed Jackson's fence, found the marijuana grow and told teachers. But police said Jackson's 30 marijuana plants were protected by his medical marijuana permit.

"We don't believe we need paperwork for how many plants we grow or how much weed we're allowed to smoke," Jackson told KIRO 7 in June.

Jackson declined to speak with us Tuesday.

Loophole Keeps Jackson's Marijuana Crop Protected

Jackson's church is right on the city/county line, and just through a patch of trees to Mount Erie Elementary.

In June, the state Legislature gave police departments the power to regulate "collective marijuana gardens." Up to 10 patients can grow medical marijuana together, and officers can decide how far they have to be from schools and youth centers.

But Anacortes police Chief Bonnie Bowers said the law doesn't apply to Jackson because he's only growing marijuana for two people.

"I don't believe where he's at that he will fit in to what I at least envision that regulation looking like," she said.

Community Members Want Marijuana Grow Shut Down

Bowers' view of Jackson's grow didn't sit well with parents KIRO 7 spoke with Tuesday.

"That's not all right," Jenna Snyder of Anacortes said. "Our kids can stumble upon it. Who knows what they'll do with it. It's not OK."

"I really think that children should be protected from that kind of activity," Diane Canington of Anacortes said.

Right now, most cities in Washington have a moratorium on collective gardens while they figure out what the rules should be. Anacortes officials are scheduled to meet next month to consider taking up a moratorium of their own.
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News Items / Hearing on Deaths Due to Maltreatment
« on: September 18, 2011, 04:40:06 AM »
Unfortunately, this Sub-committee is chaired by Geoff Davis. He is the State senator for the 4th District of Kentucky (My District) and has replied to many of my letters about KHK and abusive programs with an apologetic, "sorry, but we disagree on this issue" over the last few years. He also voted against HR 911.  Maybe it is time to write him another letter. ... tID=259579












July 12, 2011




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RICK BERG, North Dakota
TOM PRICE, Georgia
DIANE BLACK, Tennessee


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News Items / WWASP Abuse Case to be filed in State Court
« on: September 03, 2011, 07:46:24 PM » ... s.html.csp

Troubled teens abused at Utah-based schools, lawsuit claims

By Roxana Orellana

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Sep 02 2011 01:25PM
Updated Sep 2, 2011 11:26PM

After their case was dismissed last month in federal court, a group of about 500 parents and students have gone to state court with allegations of abuse by the operators of a Utah-based school for troubled teens.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in 3rd District Court, claims that from the mid-1990s to mid-2000s, students attending schools owned and operated by World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools Inc., (WWASPS) — founded by La Verkin entrepreneur Robert Lichfield — were physically, emotionally and sexually abused at the facilities.

WWASPS is accused of a lengthy list of abuses, including that students were beaten, chained, locked in dog cages, forced to eat vomit and made to lie in urine and feces as punishment. The complaint also alleges students were forced into sexual acts.

"At all times relevant, defendants did not disclose to the parents the physical, emotional, mental, and/or sexual abuse to which their children were subjected at their facilities and conspired, even to this day, to prevent them from discovering such abuse," the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit lists a total of 59 defendants, including Cross Creek Center for Boys LLC., Cross Creek Manor LLC., Teen Help LLC and Brightway Adolescent Hospital. The facilities mentioned in the lawsuit — a number of which are now closed — are located throughout the United States, as well as Mexico, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic.

The defendants are also accused of defrauding parents of tuition and other monies paid.

The lawsuit was first filed in U.S. District Court in 2006, but Judge Clark Waddoups dismissed it in August, citing a lack of jurisdiction in August.

Windle Turley, a Dallas attorney representing the plaintiffs, said Waddoups dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds because of the way the case was structured, not on the merits of the case.

"We had hoped we could continue to move forward in the federal court. But we’re just glad were going to be able to move forward now," Turley said.

Asked about criminal charges, Turley had details only in connection with a case filed in Costa Rica against school director Narvin Lichfield, who is Robert Lichfield’s brother, for alleged sexual abuse. Turley said those charges were ultimately dismissed.

The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount of damages, including punitive damages, to be determined at trial. A racketeering claim was dropped from the lawsuit filed federal court but may be added to the state lawsuit, Turley said.

Attorney Stewart Harman, who represented Lichfield and Ken Kay, WWASPS’ president, in the federal lawsuit, said "the reasons for dismissal are clearly and adequately laid out and set forth in Judge Waddoups’ decision."

Kay has previously denied the lawsuit’s allegations as "ludicrous."

"We don’t condone any type of child abuse and it’s highly unlikely that any of the incidents ever happened," Kay said in 2007, noting that troubled teens often have a record of fabricating stories.

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