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Notorious Tennessee Scientology facility shut down when patients found held against their will

[One of the bucolic cabins of the Woodbury facility]

We’ve written several articles about a highly questionable mental-health facility that was run by Scientologists in rural Tennessee, and now, the local newspaper in Cannon County there reports that operator Marc Vallieres was charged with two felony counts of facilitation of kidnapping after patients were found being held there against their will. The Cannon Courier also reports that the sheriff has announced that the facilities have been shut down.

We just confirmed with the Cannon County Circuit Court clerk that the Courier story is correct. The clerk told us Vallieres entered a diversion program and was sentenced to state probation for two years. Two other employees, initially charged with false imprisonment, pled to misdemeanors.

“The Cannon County Sheriff’s Department would like to make the general public of this county aware that the Scientology facilities are closed and not operating in Cannon County,” the sheriff stated.

In 2015, we told you the shocking story of a woman with severe mental health issues who was “treated” with Scientology’s pseudoscientific techniques at the Woodbury, Tennessee facility that Vallieres called Life Center for a New Tomorrow. The woman was later moved to the basement of a house in Arkansas, where she had to be rescued by local authorities.


[Marc Vallieres]

We also told you about a Scientologist named Barbara Cordova Oliver, whose mother, Arlene, told us that after Barbara suffered a mental breakdown, she was taken to Life Center, and Arlene was convinced that her daughter was a prisoner there.

Here’s how the Courier describes what happened when the Cannon County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at the facility.

A 911 emergency phone call provided the Sheriff’s Office with the opportunity to go inside the facility which they described as a double-wide trailer with several tiny cabins located behind it.

“We proceeded up the hill through a gated, makeshift paddock that is secured externally with a steel latch.” The officers reported the individual who called them was looking out through a Plexiglas window.

“He is locked inside the cabin with no way to remove himself from the building. The caretaker unlocks the door and lets us enter the cabin.

“The cabin is bare there is a small pile of sheets in the corner, there are no obvious amenity for life, ” the officers reported.

The man being held there tells the officers he is being held against his will and is given unknown medications. He explains that he is there to have rehab and get cleansed though Scientology.

“He states that he has been there for nine months and is being mistreated and falsely imprisoned and all he wants is to go home.” the officers said.

The man and another patient, a woman, were rescued, and the Courier reports that three people at the facility are facing criminal charges: “Denis Flamand and Hans Snyder Lytle entered guilty pleas in General Sessions Court on two counts of false imprisonment,” and Vallieres was facing two felony counts, the paper says.

After the charges were filed, Circuit Judge David Bragg ruled that the facility should be closed.

Um, wow. A notorious house of horrors being run by Scientologists gets shut down when local authorities take the time to find out what’s going on there. It’s amazing, isn’t it?


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