Wyoming Ranch Accused of Child Abuse


Riley Schaeffer

A Wyoming ranch was accused of abusing teens. Trinity teens proclaimed to be a therapy camp to “offer a cure” for girls with depression and anxiety. Hopeless parents payed 6,000 dollars a month to dispatch their children to this Christian therapeutic program. The teens experienced forced labor and humiliating discipline.
What their innocent teenagers encountered, according to 22 women who spent time on the “resort” from 2007 to 2020, was a nightmare of hard labor and crucial punishments that left many injured and other with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
In recent interviews and court filings describing injuries to their hands, legs and feet, including cuts, frostbite and in one case, requiring surgery, from hauling massive metal pipes to irrigate fields and carrying bales of hay that weighed over 50 pounds. The girls built barbed wire fences and dragged carcasses of dead animals into a pile. The teens were also driven around the county to clean churches, they said.
The teens were always working, one of the victim’s said. “From the time we got up in the morning to the time we went to sleep, we were always working. Always.” Said Taybre Conrad, a 19 year old, who left the ranch in 2020. “They were always having us do the type of stuff grown men do.”
If the girls stepped out of line, they were ordered to run up and down a small mountain, dodging rattlesnakes, or they were given only a can of olives and beans for a meal, according to former residents. Three teenagers said that staff members who accused them of being “stubborn” tied them to a goat with a leash for days at a time.
Surprisingly, other facilities for troubled teens in Indiana, Ohio, Utah, and more have also been accused of forcing youth to perform manual labor, either as part of the programming or as a punishment.