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Ryan Hamilton files lawsuit number 21 against Scientology’s drug rehab network

Roberto_ClementeLas Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton continues to add to his total of breach of contract and fraud lawsuits against Narconon, Scientology’s drug rehab network. Hamilton has now filed 21 lawsuits against Narconon facilities in Colorado, California, and Nevada, and all but one of them in federal court.

The latest suit involves the Koslow family of New Mexico, and it involves very recent events. On April 3, 2014 Donna Koslow spoke with Admissions Director Nick Morrill about sending her daughter to the facility.

The Koslows were told that although concepts of L. Ron Hubbard were used, it was “completely secular and had nothing to do whatsoever with Scientology.”

The Koslows paid $33,000 for their daughter, 20, to begin the program at the Narconon Fresh Start facility in Nevada, Rainbow Canyon Retreat.

On or about May 16, 2014, Stephen and Donna received a phone call from Fresh Start’s in-house legal counsel, Bruce Haddrill. Haddrill informed Stephen and Donna that a Fresh Start staff member had engaged in sexual relations with their daughter during the withdrawal phase at the beginning of her treatment program approximately two months earlier. This incident occurred when [their daughter] was at Fresh Start’s facility in Caliente, Nevada (hereafter the “First Incident”). Haddrill further informed Stephen and Donna that Fresh Start was now expelling their daughter from Fresh Start program.

Haddrill then emailed and said Fresh Start had changed its position and was going to allow the young woman to stay, but she and her parents decided it was best for her to leave.


While arrangements were being made for [the young woman] to transfer to an all-female treatment facility, a Fresh Start intern engaged in sexual relations with her. This incident occurred when [the young woman] was at Fresh Start’s facility near Warner Springs, California known as Narconon Fresh Start d/b/a Sunshine Summit Lodge (hereafter the “Second Incident”). These two sexual encounters with staff at Fresh Start impeded [the young woman] in her attempts to recover from drug addiction. They also caused her emotional distress and embarrassment.

Hamilton then reiterates what he’s described in his many other lawsuits, that Narconon is really Scientology training, not drug counseling, and that individual Narconons are under the control of Narconon International and the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), which are controlled by the Church of Scientology.

The sexual encounters and lies about Scientology’s involvement were breaches in the contract they signed, the Koslows allege, and “as a consequence of Defendants’ breaches, [their daughter] was forced to seek substitute services at another facility. Defendants’ breaches have caused Plaintiffs to suffer damages in excess of $75,000.”

Other recent lawsuits against Narconon facilities, particularly in Oklahoma, have alleged that drug use is rife among the staff, and that students and staff (many of whom are recent “graduates” of the program) trade sex for drugs.

(While no claims of sexual assault were made in the lawsuit, we’re leaving the young woman’s name out of this searchable story. The legal complaint is full and unredacted.)


Koslow v. Narconon: Complaint

By our count, that’s twenty-one lawsuits Hamilton has filed against Narconon in California, Nevada, and Colorado.

Angelo Amato (Warner Springs, CA)
Christy Estrada and Branden Chavez (Warner Springs, CA)
Cathy and Michael Tarr (Nevada)
Harry and Lauren Geanacopulos (Nevada)
David, Stacy, and Jack Welch (Nevada)
Bryan and Nikki Mott (Colorado)
Charles and Tyler Matthys, and Linda Phillips (Colorado)
Kenneth and Jered Mowery (Watsonville, CA)
Robin Jones, James Ramirez Sr. and Jr. (Watsonville, CA)
Charis Yates, Beret and Dean Pugh (Nevada)
Lori, Ryan, and Jilliene Winchell (Nevada)
Ben Levy (Colorado)
Monica and Sean O’Connell (Watsonville, CA)
Ronald and Jason McClure (Nevada)
Michael and David Tino (Nevada)
Jerry and Christy Courson (Colorado)
Terney, Barbara, and Thomas Knoflick (Watsonville, CA)
Claudia and Sarah Buchett (Warner Springs, CA)
Sherri and Emily Brown (Warner Springs, CA)
Christopher, Curtis, and Linda Keller (Warner Springs, CA)


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 27, 2014 at 07:00

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