Thursday, December 10, 2009

UT: Boarding school employee charged with sex abuse of boys

A therapeutic boarding school employee was charged this week with sexually abusing two 15-year-old students.

Geary D. Oakes, 57, worked at Cedar Ridge Academy in Roosevelt for 10 years as director of social services, arranging off-site medical trips and phone calls to parents, among other jobs, said Sean Haggerty, director of admissions.

Last month, he gave a 15-year-old boy cigarettes in exchange for oral sex, once at a school building and once at his house, according to charges filed last week in 8th District Court.

He allegedly abused a second boy, also 15, once after checking him out of school to for medical treatment, and later gave him two Vicodin pills, according to the charges.

One boy reported the abuse to school administrators, and the other told his parents, who then told school officials, Haggerty said. When interviewed by police, Oakes admitted to some of the abuse, according to charging documents. He was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy, first-degree felonies, and two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree felonies.

Administrators at the school for troubled youth are contacting alumni to find out if there have been other victims, but none has come forward so far.

"We're very surprised, it's hard to believe just looking back at the history of all the good things he's done," Haggerty said. "It was difficult to see, but we followed through with the
investigation anyway."

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