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Scientologists in Texas neighborhood battle turn out to include Lori Hodgson’s daughter

[Jonathan and Jessica Davitt and their Austin home]

One of the consequences of Scientology’s toxic “disconnection” policy is that the people who are affected can go years between any news at all about the loved ones who have cut them out of their lives.

One example we’ve followed pretty closely for the last eight years has been the heartbreaking story of Lori Hodgson, the California mother who was punished for visiting an “enemy” of the church by having her two grown children, Jeremy and Jessica Leake, break off all contact from her.

If you read this site you know how much Lori has tried to get any information at all about Jeremy and Jessica, who both live in Texas and have made it very hard for Lori to learn much about their lives.

So imagine how stunned Lori was when we called her up this week and told her that we had learned quite a lot about what Jessica has been doing, because it’s all spelled out in court records.

Lori had been able to find out that Jessica had married another Scientologist, Jonathan Davitt, whose parents are in the Sea Org. She also was aware that Jonathan and Jessica had bought a house in Austin and were planning to open a preschool on their property.


But she didn’t know that the preschool had become a battle royale in the neighborhood that had spilled into the courts.

Here’s what we know. According to court papers, the Davitts bought a house in the Bear Creek Park development in October, and then told neighbors they intended to build a separate schoolhouse on their property and open it as a daycare center.

And when we say schoolhouse, we mean schoolhouse…


[Framing of the building, showing its size]

[Now completed and ready for students]

According to the court papers, concerned neighbors told the Davitts that it would be a problem to open a separate schoolhouse and urged them to contact the Bear Creek Park Homeowners Association, a voluntary organization. But the Davitts went ahead with construction, even after the association sent a cease-and-desist letter in May.

Then, the Davitts started suing. On June 21, they filed a lawsuit against the association and its president, Elaine MacLaughlin, saying that they didn’t care about the association’s rules because they weren’t members of it. And they also pointed out that other homeowners in the development had home businesses.

“Since 1971, numerous owners have run businesses from Bear Creek Park lots. At least 12 are currently operating. Some are no longer operating but operated for years on end and in the past. Some were child daycare facilities,” the lawsuit states. “In addition, numerous owners have built secondary homes or significant buildings on their properties.”

When we asked one of the local residents about that, they said that it’s true some people worked from home, but that wasn’t the same thing as building a schoolhouse and having parents drop their kids off, with the traffic that brings. And anyway, the rules against what the Davitts did are spelled out pretty clearly in covenants that came with the home’s title.

Ah, well, you know. Neighborhood disputes. They’re like nuclear war for the people involved, but not so much for those even the next development over.

But for us it was interesting to get a glimpse inside this dispute because, like Lori, we wondered what was happening with her kids, who had been instructed to cut off all ties from her.

We sent the Davitts’ attorney a message with a couple of questions we did have, though.

1. Is this preschool limited to Scientology families and their children?

2. And, will Jessica be teaching her students about Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ policy that caused her to disown her own mother for leaving the church?

We’ll let you know if we hear anything back.


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Jenna Elfman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Greta Van Susteren]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



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[FOUR years ago] When Jesse Prince sec-checked David Miscavige: A Scientology interrogation for the ages
[FIVE years ago] Kirstie Alley ‘disconnects’ from not one but two men over their friendship with Leah Remini
[SIX years ago] Leah Remini Retaliation? Suddenly, Scientology “Fair Gaming” Of Critics Is Way Up
[SEVEN years ago] Watch Mimi Faust Talk about Losing Her Mother to Scientology
[EIGHT years ago] Benjamin Ring, LA Sheriff’s Deputy, Under Inquiry for Endorsing Expensive Scientology Services


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,525 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,654 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,158 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,678 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 698 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 589 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,896 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,764 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,538 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,312 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,658 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,224 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,143 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,311 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,892 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,153 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,192 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,904 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,430 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,519 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,659 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,979 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,835 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,954 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,309 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,612 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,718 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,120 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,992 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,575 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,070 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,324 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,433 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 1, 2019 at 07:00

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