Former students claim abuse in teen boot camps

By JENNIFER DOBNER | September 8, 2011 | 2:40 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah company that ran a network of domestic and international schools for troubled teens is being sued by former students who claim they were denied food and medical care, lived in filth and suffered physical and sexual abuse that could be described as torture.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit are World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools, its three principles, and a network of other affiliated businesses and individuals.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of more than 350 former students and their parents in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court last week.

Attorneys for the students contend the organization charged thousands in tuition but failed to provide adequate education or treatment programs.

The lawsuit renews claims in a 2006 federal court lawsuit which was dismissed.