Last night, the CNN program, Anderson Cooper 360, aired the final segment of Gary Tuchman’s three part series on Pinehaven Christian Children’s Ranch.
Following a suicide attempt by the 15-year-old rape victim, Cassie was admitted in a licensed mental health care facility by her mother to receive appropriate medical and mental health treatment. By all counts Cassie was receiving such treatment when Charlie Duke crossed the state line from Illinois to Indiana to pay a visit to the traumatized and heavily medicated 15-year-old rape survivor. Cassie’s mother was not present. During this visit, Charlie convinced Cassie to sign what is arguably an illegal “contract” committing herself to Pinehaven Christian Children’s Ranch.
Pinehaven Christian children’s Ranch is nearly two thousand miles (2000) away from any support system this rape victim would have been beneficial to her recovery from the rape trauma, and other difficulties from her young life.
Instead, Charlie Duke was able to get a court order from Judge Larry Dunn to send this young, suicidal, 15-year-old rape survivor to Pinehaven Christian Children’s Ranch – a facility without any mental health professionals. Without any licensed therapist or licensed professional counselors, and without state licensing, regulation or accreditation.
According to her mother, Paula Bowen, after Cassie was transferred to Pinehaven in St. Ignatius, Montana where she was taken off all medically prescribed psychiatric medications, Cassie started to self-mutilate. Remember Pinehaven doesn’t have licensed therapists.
Charlie Dunn said at the end of the segment that Pinehaven is “the finest children’s home I have ever visited.”
Charlie Dunn was awarded with the plague pictured below at the Pinehaven June 5, 2011 graduation.
Please read these screen shots from Charlie Dukes facebook page.
29 kids from the same five county (5) area over the years? Could it be true that this part Illinois is what Gary Tuchman labeled the “Illinois Pipeline” of children to Pinehaven?
This situation sounds eerily similar to the 2008 Kids For Cash Scandal in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Personally, I think the good people of Olney, Illinois should demand an investigation into this.
UPDATE: Cassie has been court ordered to returned home at the end of the school year, June 5, 2012.
Please see the blog by James Mason, survivor of Pinehaven who was interviewed by Gary Tuchman at pinehavenabuse.org for more information.