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Judge rules abuse suit will be heard in St. George

Published August 15, 2012 1:30 pm

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St. George • A lawsuit against a Utah-based company that ran a network of domestic and international schools for troubled teens will be heard in St. George.

The Spectrum of St. George reports 5th District Judge James Shumate ruled Tuesday the venue will remain in southern Utah because most of the companies accused of the abuse — and the people operating them — call Washington County home.

An attorney representing more than 350 former students and family members had argued the case should be moved to Salt Lake City to avoid prejudice and travel costs. The students are from 37 states, England and Canada and attended the residential programs between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s.

The suit claims the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools subjected the students to systematic abuse.