This is a staff list for Sorenson's Ranch School in Koosharem, UT
(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 Sorenson's Ranch School. 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 Sorenson's Ranch School, you have the right to take action.
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Sorenson's Ranch School, please contact email@example.com 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.
Please don’t place your loved one in Sorenson's Ranch School and rescue them if they are there now.
|Jill Sorenson||Facilities Admin.||(Shane's wife, originally from Idaho.)|
|Layne Bagley||Admissions Director||
Here is an e-mail exchange between Bagley & HEAL (at the time, HEAL believed
Layne was female, Layne is male):
From: HEAL [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 6:17 PM
To: Layne Bagley
Subject: RE: Sorensons Ranch
Dear Ms. Bagley:
Shaun was working for you following his incarceration and conviction, not prior to his conviction. We've never claimed that he worked for you before or at the time of his arrest. This is something in your own mind. And, according to the Dept. of Licensing and Reta D. Oram, you had your license suspended in 2001 specifically for having hired Shaun Sorenson to work at your facility as a plumber/janitor since Utah state law disallows any facility that serves youth and/or children to employ ex-convicts. Our site states that you won the appeal and that Shaun no longer works for you.
Unfortunately, we have to revisit all of our records regarding Sorenson which will take some time to verify the allegations of sexual misconduct. So, until we locate the article which states these facts, we have edited the posting regarding Sorenson as needed. When we are able to quote date, time, newspaper, and author of the story, we will edit the critique to include all information relevant to your program. I know what I read and will diligently work to expose any and all misconduct at your facility and any facility that defrauds parents and abuses children.
The National Institute of Health, Dr. Margaret Singer, and thousands of mental health professionals, attorneys, and survivors of abuse at facilities such as yours are working around the clock to insure the safety of children in this country and around the world. It's unfortunate that due to lack of oversight your facility and others like it are allowed to operate without proper inspections or any insurance of child safety.
We usually offer programs an opportunity to be removed from our list. But, since we have reports of abuse at your facility from parents and survivors and since you've had problems with suspensions at your facility, we are not in a position at this time to do this. Your use of escorts and sensory deprivation to change behavior is enough for us to show that you torture children through terror and POW-style behavior modification/mind control. You use the same methods that the High Security Units in prisons use and Amnesty International as well as the UN Treaty on Human Rights define the methods you use as torture.
Again, godspeed to HR 1738 and the Parental Consent Act!
|Phyllis Bagley||Intake Coordinator|
|David Neslen||Therapist||Graduate of BYU. Neslen has worked at other unnamed residential programs since 2002.|
|Joy Morris||Therapist||Morris has worked at Sorenson's since 2003.|
|Jody Brand||Group Facilitator||Graduate of the fraudulent University of Phoenix programs. This "degree" is what qualifies Jody to do her job?!|
|Sisi Taufatofua||Group Facilitator||Sisi has worked for Sorenson’s Ranch on and off for nearly 18 years.|
|Steve Church||Principal||Steve’s father, George Church, was one of three original founders of the SUWS adolescent wilderness program. SUWS is owned by Aspen Education Group and is associated with the abusive methods of the now closed CEDU programs. Church no longer appears to work for this program.|
|Ole Lindgren||Horse Program|
|Steve and Signe Nielsen||Teacher||Steve Nielsen has been at Sorenson's Ranch since 1994. Signe is Steve's wife. They reportedly had students living with them at their home at times.|
|Daryl Essey||Teacher||Essey has been with Sorenson's since 2005. Essey no longer appears to work for this program.|
|James V. Bagley||Teacher||Bagley has been with Sorenson's since 1989.|
|Ben Gasser||Teacher||Gasser has been with Sorenson's since 2003. Gasser no longer appears to work for this program.|
|Bradley Shaw||Teacher||Shaw has been with Sorenson's since 2005.|
|Tina Somers||Teacher||Somers has been with Sorenson's since 2003.|
|Rhonda Robinson||Teacher||Rhonda has been teaching Family and Consumer Science at Sorenson’s Ranch School for 15 years.(2009)|
|Anne Converse Torgerson||Teacher|
|Jeff Hatch||Medical Supervisor||Jeff is the school nurse and has been in our employ for over 25 years.|
|Ryan Norman||Staff (former?)||Reported by survivor of Sorenson's by phone on September 15th, 2010. Norman no longer appears to work for this program.|
|Clay Bagley||Staff||Reported by survivor of Sorenson's by phone on September 15th, 2010. Clay no longer appears to work for this program.|
|Norm & Etta Hart||Staff||Norm and Etta are married.|
|Survivor and Family Reports Link: www.heal-online.org/sorensen.htm|
|Sorenson's Ranch School uses the same Positive Control Systems' methods as Eagle Ranch Academy and WWASPS.|
|HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for Sorenson's Ranch School.|
|Survivor Statement: Anonymous [verified] (1996-1997)|
|Ex-instructor at Utah ranch for troubled teens pleads ‘no contest’ to charges of sex with minor By Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com | Posted Aug 2nd, 2017 @ 9:07pm 17 KOOSHAREM, Sevier County — A former instructor at a Utah ranch for troubled teens plead “no contest” to multiple counts of molestation at a court in California, according to the Visalia Times-Delta. Utah resident Wendi Sorenson, 37, was charged with multiple counts of having sex with a minor in December 2015. She recently plead “no contest” to at least three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 18, four counts of oral copulation of a person under 16, contact with a minor for sexual offense, meeting with a minor for lewd purposes and arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes. Prosecutors believe the abuse began in June 2015 while Sorenson was an instructor at High Top Boys Ranch in Koosharem. The ranch for troubled youth was owned and operated by Sorenson and her husband, the Visalia Times reported. The school has since closed. Sorenson’s husband reported the abuse to child protective services when he noticed Sorenson was “very close” to one of the boys at the school, the Visalia Times reported. The teenager was then removed from the school and went back to California. A week before Thanksgiving 2015, Sorenson flew from Utah to California. Authorities in Utah alerted police in California and warned them that Sorenson had left the state, likely to visit the same boy. When detectives contacted the boy, he told police that he and Sorenson had sex at two hotels in California for several days, the Visalia Times reported. Authorities also uncovered more than 12,000 sexually explicit text messages between Sorenson and the boy. The messages also placed Sorenson at the hotels. After Sorenson plead no contest, the judge allowed her to return to Utah while she waits to be sentenced. The maximum sentence Sorenson may serve in prison is 13 years and eight months, according to the Visalia Times. Sorenson will be sentenced Sept. 7 and will likely be placed into custody at that time, according to the Visalia Times. Source: https://www.ksl.com/?sid=45266815&nid=148|
*(Sorenson's Ranch School, 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.)
Last Updated:August 3rd, 2017