“Circle Of Hope” Operators Charged With Shocking Abuses

Boyd and Stephanie Householder are facing more than 100 criminal charges for alleged rape, molestation and other abuses at the now defunct "Circle of Hope Girls Ranch" they once ran. KYTV's Linda Simmons reports.

MISSOURI, (KYTV/NBC News) — The former operators of a Missouri group home for girls have been charged with more than 100 counts of rape and abuse.

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday filed numerous charges of abuse against Boyd and Stephanie Householder, the operators of the Circle of Hope Girls Ranch in Cedar County.

Boyd Householder faces 79 felony charges and one misdemeanor, including six counts of second-degree statutory rape, seven counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, six counts of sexual contact with a student, one count of second-degree child molestation, 56 counts of abuse or neglect of a child, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Stephanie Householder faces 22 felony charges, including 12 counts of abuse or neglect of a child, and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

“My Office has filed a total of 102 criminal charges against Boyd and Stephanie Householder, proprietors of the now-defunct Circle of Hope Girls Ranch and Boarding School,” said Attorney General Eric Schmitt. “The charging documents allege extensive, and horrific, sexual, physical, and mental abuse perpetrated by the Householders. My Office has worked tirelessly to investigate this case and will continue to work around the clock to ensure that justice is obtained in this case.”

State investigators removed about two dozen girls from the facility in mid-August. At the same time, the state, along with the Cedar County Prosecutor’s Office, began outlining a case against the Householders.

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