Jan 23, 2017

Pastor, 2 others convicted of child abuse at Mobile religious private school

Saving Youth Academy
Associated Press
January 18, 2017

Three people have been convicted on child abuse charges linked to a private church school on the Alabama coast.

A statement sent by twitter from Mobile County prosecutors Wednesday says 55-year-old Pastor John Young was convicted on five counts of aggravated child abuse related to the Saving Youth Academy, which was also called Restoration Youth Academy.

Former students share harrowing stories of life inside Alabama's worst religious private school.

Forty-eight-year-old William Knott and 42-year-old Aleshia Moffett were convicted on three counts each. Sentencing for all three is scheduled for Feb. 22.

Authorities say they three were linked to a Christian, boot camp-style residential school for troubled young people.

Jurors heard from teens who prosecutors described as victims of abuse at the residential school. Jurors also saw images of an isolation room where investigators say teens would be locked for days at a time.


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