Davenport boot camp scrutinized for treatment


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Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2007, 11:00 pm
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- A boot camp for delinquent boys is under scrutiny after a state investigation showed its juveniles often went hungry, were subjected to corporal punishment and were sometimes denied timely access to the bathroom.

SUMMIT's troubles come five years after former director John Bolsinger was charged with molesting teenage boys under his watch. He was convicted and is serving a prison sentence scheduled to end in 2012.

The camp's latest problems were documented in a state report based on interviews and an onsite inspection last month.

It's the second time SUMMIT has been scolded for not giving enough food to the residents or allowing them enough time to eat, state officials noted. A 2001 investigation, done at the same time of the Bolsinger abuse discovery, found several problems that landed the facility in trouble with licensing agencies. The facility ultimately earned back full licensure.

Tom Wilson, executive director of Family Resources Inc., which operates SUMMIT, said he disagrees with some of the state's latest allegations but would not elaborate.

``We still have a full certification of licensure,'' he said. ``That is very important.''

SUMMIT -- which oversees teenage boys assigned to the program by juvenile court judges -- will be subjected to unannounced visits by the state and could face licensing sanctions if the problems are not corrected, according to the six-page report.














 




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