510. Outback Therapeutic Expeditions
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions is a so-called wilderness program operating in Utah. It was founded under anohter name and changed name some years later. The teenagers are forced there. Often they prevent one parent from seeing the children if the other parent has paid for the stay. A father wrote on a meassage board:
My wife had my son kidnapped and sent to Outback Therapeutic Expedition even though I have joint custody. I went to Utah to try to get him back but Outback made it clear that they would require me to file a lawsuit in Utah to get him back. I couldn’t afford to do that. They had cooperated with my wife in hiding him from me in the wilderness and I had no way of finding him.
Outback Therapeutic Expedition knew they were helping to use him as a weapon. There had been no psych eval before he was sent out there, and even when they had one done by their pet Psychologist, the only diagnosis they came up with to keep him was Depression Not Otherwise Specified.
In my opinion, the people at Outback Therapeutic Expedition should be put in Jail.
It cannot be forced to be there and being denied access to a parent.
A former employee – Jason Scott Calder who later was charged with rape, forcible sodomy and forcible sexual abuse had been working at the wilderness program. October 2017 there was no information that he had taken advantage of teenagers at Outback Therapeutic Expeditions but investigation is ongoing.
Read more here: Utah County therapist arrested for alleged sexual abuse of underage girl (Fox 13 news).
If you have information in the case, please contact the Utah County Sheriff’s Office at (801) 851-4010.