This is a  staff list for Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch in St. Ignatius, MT

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at the Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.  This will help!   Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

HEAL recommends no child be enrolled in Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch and that parents with children at the facility remove them now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Bob Larsson Director Larsson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in MT.  Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch is not a licensed adolescent facility.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/
Adam Houghton Ranch Laborer/Health Instructor Houghton is reportedly formerly with the Louisville, KY S.W.A.T. Team.  Houghton is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/
Mitch Camp Ranch Foreman Camp is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/
Ricky Bondy Ranch Laborer Bondy is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/
James Stanley Barnes Supervisor (Former?) Barnes is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/
Andy Larsson Co-Director Larsson reportedly "administratively resigned" but is still an active employee of the ranch.  Larsson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/
Jon Larsson Co-Director Larsson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/
Danny Larsson Counselor Larsson is reportedly unlicensed with a BA in Biblical Studies and Minor in Counseling.  Larsson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/
Ned Kent Manager/Relief House Parent Kent is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/
Maxine Kent Personnel Mgr/Relief House Parent Kent is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/
Elvin Lamb Ranch Laborer Lamb is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in MT.  Source: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/
*(Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)

An Unpleasant 2011 Graduation Ceremony for Pinehaven Christian School

By James Mason, Billings Political Buzz Examiner

The following is the experience of Ms. Brittany Bingham, daughter of former Pinehaven Christian Children’s Ranch house parents Dave and Denise Bingham. Ms. Bingham lived on the ranch full time for three of the five years her parents worked at Pinehaven. Several months ago, Ms. Bingham made the decision to attend the Pinehaven School Graduation on June 5th, 2011 because two of her house brothers, who she loves dearly, were graduating and she had promised them that she would be there. 

As Ms. Bingham drove up Pistol Creek Road towards the Pinehaven entrance, she noticed a car in front of her was being stopped and inspected by a Pinehaven staff member named Adam Houghton (former Louisville, KY SWAT member and instructor). Trying to stay hidden behind some trees, she sensed that there was imminent trouble ahead. As she approached the gate, the vehicle in front of her continued to move forward, so Ms. Bingham sped up, deciding she was not going to be stopped, despite the beckoning commands of Mr. Houghton. Driving ahead, up the hill, into Pinehaven she saw Mr. Houghton rush to his truck nearby to notify the staff administration of her arrival.

 

 

Ms. Bingham proceeded up the Pinehaven School building where she was met by Mitch Camp (Ranch Foreman) who told her, “I need to talk to you.” She replied, “Nope,” and quickly made her way up the stairs towards the gymnasium where the graduation was to take place. At the top of the stairs, before entering the gymnasium, she was blocked and sequestered by Mitch Camp, Rick Bondy (Ranch Laborer), and Bob Larsson (Director of Pinehaven). Mitch addressed her again asking, “Do you have an invitation?” to which she responded that she was there to see her house brothers graduate. One of the trio blocking her path sharply replied, “You don’t have any siblings here. Who are you talking about?” By this time, the three large men had surrounded her so tightly, in order to prevent anybody within the crowded gymnasium from seeing or hearing her that she began to feel suffocated. For no reason at all, Mitch Camp grabbed Ms. Bingham’s arm, to which she responded by screaming, “I just want to see my brothers, let me go!” Breaking free from Mr. Camp’s grasp, she moved forward to the top of the staircase, where she slipped and fell, looking upwards to see dozens of spectators staring down at her from the gymnasium.

Ms. Bingham picked herself up and ran toward the library where historically, graduates would prepare for the ceremony. Finding this door to be locked, she looked ahead and saw a group of people assembled in the northeast classroom used by Kaatje Camp (Mitch Camp’s wife and schoolteacher). Running in she saw her house brother Troy, who she approached and warmly wrapped her arms around, hugging him, letting him know that she had kept her word and had come to see him.

Mitch Camp and Bob Larsson, who had followed her intothis room proceeded to tell Troy that, “she was making a scene”, to which she responded by telling Troy that, “They were lying.” In an effort to censor the other graduates from this confrontational moment, the other nine graduates were shuffled to the other side of the room. Bob Larsson approached Ms. Bingham even closer, getting in her face and said, “I’m going to have you arrested for trespassing, you can’t be here.” Looking him in the eye, she said, “I dare you, but be careful, they’re listening to everything you’re saying,” as she gestured to her shirt insinuating that she was wired (although she was not). Mitch Camp approached her again and asked if she had an invitation, to which she informed them that both Izaak and Troy (two graduating students) had previously asked her to be there for their graduation. Mitch Camp attempted to justify his aggressive actions by telling Ms. Bingham, “You’ve said so many bad things about Pinehaven, to which she responded, “it was all true.”  In response to Ms. Bingham’s comments, Kaatje Camp grabbed Izaak and shuffled him over to her and said, “Here is Izaak, give him a hug and go!” Izaak looked at Ms. Bingham and fearfully told her that, “it was better if you go”, but she looked him in the eye and assured him by saying, “I’m going to go sit down.” At this time, she proceeded to the gymnasium, followed by Mitch Camp who sat down behind her and answered a phone call by informing the caller that, “she had settled down and said she didn’t want to cause problems” followed by a response to an unheard question of “we’ll see what happens.”

Ms. Bingham sat through the graduation ceremony and following the procession visited each of the graduate’s gift tables where she put greeting cards in each of their bags. She approached Mitch Camp and asked him, “where are my house sisters Tifany and Amanda, I would like to give them a hug.” Mitch Camp informed her that Tifany had been picked up earlier that day, and then assisted her in finding Amanda. Ms. Bingham had prepared a gift bag of candy and makeup for Amanda, in addition to a greeting card from her parents, Dave and Denise Bingham (former Pinehaven parents). When she met with Amanda, she hugged her and handed her the gift bag and whispered to her, “Amanda, open this right now, it’s a card from Mom and Dad, hurry before they take it away, because they will.” Amanda quickly opened the card and Ms. Bingham told her that she was loved. Additionally, she made a promise to Amanda that she would be there next year for her graduation as long as Pinehaven would allow it.

 

Returning to the congratulatory line-up of graduates to give her house brothers another hug, she was approached by Mitch Camp who said to her, “No hard feelings, just know I love ya.” Ms. Bingham told Mitch Camp to “leave her alone.” Moments later, she was approached yet again by Bob Larsson who said that he was sorry that things went this way, to which she replied that “he was the one causing problems. Bob told Ms. Bingham that, “she was spreading lies”, to which she replied, “They are all true” and that “he had turned a blind eye to the abuse”. Bob fired back saying, “What abuse? I haven’t seen any and neither have you!” Ms. Bingham ignored his comments, moved forward in the line, gave her house brothers hugs and decided that it was time for her to leave.

 

As she exited the Pinehaven School building  she saw a Lake County, MT Sheriff’s Office vehicle parked in outside where a Sheriff Deputy** watched her move across the lot and get into her car. She then left Pinehaven Christian Children’s Ranch.

 

** By means of a phone call to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 2:08pm MST on June 6th, 2011, we were able to confirm that a Sheriff Deputy was requested by Pinehaven Christian Children’s Ranch. Further details regarding the nature of the request are still unverified.

 

Dixon man gets 10 years for rape

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2005 12:00 am

James Stanley Barnes, 26, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Jan. 27 for the rape of two 15-year-old girls while he was employed as a youth supervisor at Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch near St. Ignatius.

Barnes, of Dixon, was given an additional 10 years suspended sentence by District Judge C.B. McNeil. Pinehaven fired Barnes after an investigation began in May, 2004.

Source: http://leaderadvertiser.com/article_7c88a861-b044-5e98-86d2-0b90516bf007.html

External Link: http://pinehaven.wordpress.com/jim-barnes-news/
Extneral Link: http://www.olneydailymail.com/news/x84686190/Two-Olney-teens-among-ranch-runaways

Bad behavior 

Child abuse claims plague Pinehaven youth home

Two weeks ago, Missoula Police apprehended two runaways from Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch in St. Ignatius, bringing to six the total number of teenagers who have fled the private youth home for troubled kids since July 15.

The incident, during which two teens made their way to Missoula and allegedly stole a BB gun from Walmart before attempting to break into a car, highlights a problem Pinehaven—and law enforcement—may no longer be able to ignore. A growing number of alumni and former staffers claim that the ranch's young residents are fleeing from physical and emotional abuse.

According to notarized affidavits and written testimony from five past ranch employees, Pinehaven staffers allegedly use excessive force—like choking, for instance—to subdue residents. Former youth home employees assert in those documents, obtained by the Independent, that kids also receive insufficient medical and psychiatric care. And, on at least two occasions, once in 2004 and again in 2006, Pinehaven employees engaged in sexual activity with residents under the age of 18.

"I will no longer be silent about the abuse...I know has happened toward many of the children of Pinehaven," says Lynnette McClenahan, who worked as an administrative assistant at the ranch between 2003 and 2007.

Source: http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/missoula/bad-behavior/Content?oid=1401416

External Survivor Site: www.pinehavenabuse.org
Update:  Charlie Duke, Illinois Truant Officer that placed children at Pinehaven, has lost his job!
ACLU Asks DOJ to Investigate Pinehaven: http://www.pinehavenabuse.org/2012/10/mt-aclu-to-us-doj-pinehaven-requires.html
Wabash Valley Teens Missing From Montana Youth Ranch--August 5th, 2010--ST IGNATIUS, MT (WIBQ) - Authorities in Montana continue to look for 4 teen age boys, including 3 from the Wabash Valley, who ran away from Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch; a place for troubled teens. Sixteen-year old Chance Salyers and 14-year-old Cody Thompson, both of Olney, Illinois, 15-year-old Thom Morson of Terre Haute and 17-year-old Adam Irvin of Normal, Illinois all went missing on various days in the last month. After the teens went missing previous allegations of child abuse from a Pinehaven resident re-surfaced.   The Lake County Sheriff's Department conducted an investigation earlier this year but, no evidence to support the child abuse claim was found. Anyone with information on the location of the 4 missing boys can call the Lake County Sheriff's Department in Montana at 406-883-7301.  (Complete article shown--Source: www.wibqfm.com) (Webmaster Note:  Please interview the children and do what is in their best interest when found.)  For more on this story, click here.

 

 Last Updated: March 16th, 2014

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