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After riot and state investigation, youth facility to close

July 10, 2019

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A southern Utah youth psychiatric residential treatment center will close its doors after reports of sexual abuse and violence.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Red Rock Canyon School’s parent company said Tuesday the facility will close within 60 days.

Sequel Youth and Family Services says they’re closing to address problems identified by state regulators following a riot that left a number of teenagers injured in April. Five juveniles and one staffer are also facing charges in the brawl.

Police in California and Utah are also investigating sexual assault reports, including at least one involving a student and a staffer.

The 49 students still there will be transferred to other facilities, including 11 foster children from Oregon.

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