- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 18, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Newly released documents reveal multiple accusations of sexual abuse stretching back more than 25 years at a home for troubled boys and indicate that problems have continued in recent years.

Records from the state Department of Social and Health Services obtained by the Spokesman-Review newspaper under public-records requests for a story published Sunday include five accusations of sexually inappropriate interactions between boys and adults associated with the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch in the past decade.

The 871 pages of documents also include several accounts of molestation and rape among the residents of the home, which has been shaken in recent months by charges of physical and sexual assaults that go back decades.

Morning Star officials said they would not comment on individual cases, but insisted that the ranch has updated its policies to better protect boys, including offering residents locked single rooms and barring group showers.

Dan Kuhlmann, assistant director of the Roman Catholic boys home, said Morning Star has “always taken a strong position that when we become aware of a problem or situation, we report it.”

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