UPDATE:: To add this 3-part report:_____
After a very lengthy investigation, three former operators of Saving Youth Foundation -- a home for troubled youth -- are now facing charges of aggravated child abuse.
Pastor John Young, Aleshia Moffett, and William Knott turned themselves in to Mobile Metro Jail after being indicted by a grand jury. The investigation was launched after several victims came forward with allegations of abuse back in March. One of those victims was 17-year-old Taylor Wagner. She claims she was placed in isolation for 22 days for writing her mom a letter for help.
"They would put you in handcuffs and shackles if they felt like they wanted to. Sometimes they would strip you down to your bra and underwear and you were in there for 24 hours a day. Sometimes they would barely let you out to use the restroom," said Wagner.
Since then a total of 12 alleged victims have come forward -- eight boys and four girls. According to officials none of them live in Mobile County and most live all over the country, which is why the investigation took so long.
Affiliated with Solid Rock Ministries, the Saving Youth Foundation fell under the church-run exception and was not regulated. Rich said that needs to change.
"They need to be regulated. Any facility that houses children needs to be regulated and there needs to be a very strict standard of care that is given when someone takes the responsibility to house and provide education and training of a young person. And with it should come high standards," said Rich.
All three suspects face charges of aggravated child abuse. Young faces 12 counts, Moffett four counts, and Knott eight counts. If convicted, each charge carries two to 20 years of jail time.
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