Police: Staffer at teen therapy ranch suspected of sex abuse



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MONA, Utah (AP) — Authorities in central Utah say a 44-year-old woman who worked at a therapy ranch for teenagers has been arrested on suspicion of having sexual contact with five boys at the facility.

The Juab County Sheriff's Office says Katherine Lynn Estep of Payson, Utah was arrested Friday at The Journey boys' ranch in Mona after receiving reports of sexual misconduct.

Sheriff's Lt. Brent Pulver says Estep was being held in the Juab County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

She's being held on suspicion of seven counts of sex abuse and five counts of forcible sodomy but court records show Estep has not yet been charged.

She did not have a listed attorney or phone number available for someone to comment on the allegations.

Messages left with The Journey ranch were not returned Tuesday.

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