Search warrant for Circle of Hope religious boarding school details abuse of 12-year-old girl

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Harrowing new details have surfaced in a search warrant related to the Circle of Hope Christian boarding school in Missouri, including allegations made by a 12-year-old student who said she was chained to a wall for two weeks, starving and forced to go. to the bathroom in a bucket.

Boyd Householder, 71, and his wife Stephanie, 55, were charged last month with 102 counts for years of sexual, emotional or physical abuse of students at their all-female religious reform school in Cedar County.

The facility closed its doors in September 2020, around the time when authorities carried out a search warrant on the householders’ property and seized multiple items, including suspected corporal punishment tools such as zippers, handcuffs and duct tape, which were mentioned by some of the the householders. alleged victims during their interviews with law enforcement officials.

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Boyd Householder, 71

Stephanie Householder, 55

Stephanie Householder, 55

Boyd Householder, 71 (left), and wife Stephanie, 55 (right), face 102 counts for sexual, emotional, or physical abuse of students at their boarding school

An application for a search warrant said a 12-year-old girl attending Circle of Hope school claimed she was chained to a wall for two weeks and forced to go to the bathroom in a bucket.

An application for a search warrant said a 12-year-old girl attending Circle of Hope school claimed she was chained to a wall for two weeks and forced to go to the bathroom in a bucket.

An application for a search warrant said a 12-year-old girl attending Circle of Hope school claimed she was chained to a wall for two weeks and forced to go to the bathroom in a bucket.

According to the data obtained by the Kansas City Star, a 12-year-old student at the school told authorities she was chained to a room for at least two weeks.

[She] stated that the chain was connected to a metal bar against the wall with three holes in it, ”was the request for an injunction. “She was not given any bedding and had to poop and pee in a bucket and was only given bread and water at the time.”

The same girl also claimed to have seen Boyd hold a black gun to the back of another student’s head while pinning her to the wall by the neck.

Law enforcement officers spoke to five students, ages 12 to 17, about their experiences at the Circle of Hope, which had been operating since 2006.

A 16-year-old girl claimed that Boyd threw a bottle of Carmex lotion at her and hit her on the head and back. He would also have hit her with a belt, sprayed her in the mouth and nose with water from a hose, making it difficult for her to breathe, and pushed a bar of soap into her mouth, leaving her lips bleeding.

House residents' estranged adult daughter, Amanda (pictured as a teenager), waged a five-year battle to get Missouri law enforcement officers to investigate her parents

House residents' estranged adult daughter, Amanda (pictured as a teenager), waged a five-year battle to get Missouri law enforcement officers to investigate her parents

Amanda Householder was interviewed by DailyMailTV in March

Amanda Householder was interviewed by DailyMailTV in March

House residents’ estranged adult daughter, Amanda (pictured left as a teenager), waged a five-year battle to get Missouri law enforcement officers to investigate her parents

The same teenager also accused Boyd of cutting her hair as punishment, pouring liquid soap into her moth, handcuffing her, putting red duct tape on her mouth, and kicking her in the shin.

Another student claimed to have seen Boyd put a girl’s neck brace as punishment, which made it difficult for her to eat, and she also accused Stephanie of declining her medical appointments.

In their September 1 search warrant, authorities listed the items they were looking for on the householders ‘property, including the zippers and handcuffs, as well as bottles of dish soap, surveillance video, flash drives, and students’ school and medical records.

Boyd faces 79 felony charges and one felony charge, including several counts of legal rape, legal sodomy, and child abuse and neglect.

Stephanie is charged on 22 cases, most of which involve the abuse or neglect of a child. Her charges do not relate to sexual contact. She is also accused of restraining students and allowing her husband to interact with several girls after he physically assaulted them.

Amanda (top left photo with her family) started sharing videos of her parents' alleged abuse at school on social media last year, bringing other victims to the fore

Amanda (top left photo with her family) started sharing videos of her parents' alleged abuse at school on social media last year, bringing other victims to the fore

Amanda (top left photo with her family) started sharing videos of her parents’ alleged abuse at school on social media last year, bringing other victims to the fore

The Householders are being held without bail pending their preliminary hearing, scheduled for May 20.

A prosecutor said an investigation into the couple is ongoing and they may be prosecuted.

During a bond hearing last month, the Householder couple’s lawyer told a judge that his clients “adamantly deny any criminal behavior.”

“They are very religious people, they are very good people,” attorney Adam Woody said in court on March 19. “We have dozens of people who are willing to testify to their character.”

But the couple’s own daughter, 30-year-old Amanda Householder, would not be willing to vouch for her parents’ character.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV last month, Amanda spoke of her attempts to expose her parents’ alleged abuse, which she claimed were ignored by Missouri police and prosecutors for more than a decade.

Amanda said she was one of hundreds of girls who were tortured by her parents.

She said her father would hit her and others with golf clubs, threaten his students to attack other girls, force them to drink laxatives and stand in front of a wall all day, and was charged with raping at least two of the girls on his farm.

Criminal charges against the Householders were filed following an investigation by law enforcement officials in Cedar County and elsewhere that began when former residents of the home made allegations against them on social media.

The Householders told The Kansas City Star in September that the allegations were lies motivated by their estranged daughter, Amanda, and girls who were unsuccessful in life after leaving the ranch.

“They’re angry and bitter, and they want to blame someone,” said Stephanie Householder. “They feel like they are victims, and they just want to vent their anger on someone.”

Amanda has said she was evicted when she was 17 due to disagreements with her parents.

Amanda told DailyMailTV how she and her classmates were forced to beat their own peers as a form of punishment

Amanda told DailyMailTV how she and her classmates were forced to beat their own peers as a form of punishment

Amanda told DailyMailTV how she and her classmates were forced to beat their own peers as a form of punishment

She told DailyMailTv that she spent five years trying to get police to investigate her parents by collecting accounts of other abuse survivors who attended Circle of Hope school and publishing the allegations on social media, where she gained hundreds of thousands of followers. including the alleged victim of school abuse Paris Hilton.

Ultimately, the hundreds of phone calls from her followers to the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office and the local district attorney’s office spurred prosecutors to act, with Attorney General Eric Schmitt announcing the charges on March 10.

Four former residents of the boarding schools have filed lawsuits alleging they were abused while living there.

Under Missouri law, faith-based boarding schools such as Circle of Hope are not under state supervision and do not need to be licensed. Circle of Hope described itself as a school that used the Bible to teach the girls correct behavior.