Law enforcement agencies have begun investigating child abuse, neglect, and molestation allegations at the Masters Ranch West boarding school in Prescott, WA after a series of runaways, student uprisings, and reports made to Child Protective Services (CPS).
The school, which touts itself as a place for “restoration and healing” for “troubled boys,” has now been shut down after authorities began investigating serious concerns about its operating procedures, including the use of excessive corporal punishment and improper dispensing of prescribed medication.
In recent weeks, seven boys had run away from the school and been returned when apprehended by law enforcement. The situation reached a tipping point when thirty boys surrounded the main house, armed with shovels and brooms in protest.
CPS and local detectives had already been actively investigating the situation and, prior to the school’s closure, had taken eight children into custody until they could be returned to their families. A week prior to this closure, a male employee of the ranch was arrested for third-degree child molestation, among other charges.
David Bosley, who is the founder and director of the ranch, has issued a blanket denial of all school misconduct allegations and says he was the one who called the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office when he discovered the employee was engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a minor.
However, investigations continue into the ranch’s adherence to “licensing requirements in the operation of its facility,” according to a representative from the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families.
“It’s always heartbreaking when vulnerable youth are not protected and cared for by the folks whose job it is to do just that. At Tamaki Law, we believe the holding institutions accountable for betraying this duty to children helps fix a broken system and protects children in the future,” said Bryan Smith, who has represented many children and families in cases of abuse and neglect.
Masters Ranch also operates another location in southern Missouri, which remains open.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of child abuse or neglect, we encourage you to contact local law enforcement and consider hiring a lawyer.
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