The owners of a Missouri girls' Christian reform school are charged with hundreds of counts of abuse against 16 of their students.
The investigation was reportedly initiated by the couple's own daughter, who led the effort to shut down the school.
The allegations include physical, mental, and sexual abuse.
The following is an excerpt from a report in The Kansas City Star:
Calling the abuse at a southwest Missouri reform school “extensive and horrific,” Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Wednesday a long list of charges against its owners.
Boyd and Stephanie Householder, who owned Circle of Hope Girls Ranch in Cedar County until it closed in September, have been charged with 102 crimes — all but one are felonies — that include statutory rape, sodomy and physical abuse.
“The charging documents allege extensive and horrific sexual, physical and mental abuse perpetrated by the Householders,” said Schmitt, who held a news conference at noon Wednesday at the Capitol in Jefferson City.
“With 16 victims so far, we believe this to be one of the most widespread cases of sexual, physical and mental abuse patterns against young girls and women in Missouri history.”
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