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Mitt's Utah finance chair slapped with abuse, molestation lawsuits

Whoa, this one is almost as good as Rudy’s coke dealer SC campaign chair. Will Mitt Romney cut this guy loose? (The Hill):

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars through the fundraising efforts of a supporter targeted by several lawsuits alleging child abuse.

In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, 133 plaintiffs have alleged that Robert Lichfield, co-chairman of Romney?s Utah finance committee owned or operated residential boarding schools for troubled teenagers where students were “subjected to physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse.”

The complaint, which plaintiffs amended and resubmitted to the court last week, alleges children attending schools operated by Lichfield suffered abuses such as unsanitary living conditions; denial of adequate food; exposure to extreme temperatures; beatings; confinement in dog cages; and sexual fondling.

Lichfield has raised $2.7 million in Utah, and organized a $300K pull from a February event. The parents who are suing him are hopping mad.

The parents learned of the boarding schools through Teen Help, a business owned by Lichfield that matched parents and their children with boarding schools around the country and in Mexico, Costa Rica, and American Samoa. Lichfield had consulting relationships with nearly all the schools, according to Kay. In some instances Lichfield rented property to the schools, said Kay, who did not name the properties specifically.

Plaintiffs have alleged that Lichfield made millions from the schools. 

Former students allege they were transported against their will — sometimes in handcuffs —  by operators such as Clean and Sober Solutions and Teen Escort Services to far-away locations.

H/t, ee.

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