Sex abuse lawsuit filed against Minnesota horse riding camp after longtime counselor imprisoned

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Sex abuse lawsuit filed against Minnesota horse riding camp after longtime counselor imprisoned

Scott F. Fortier A central Minnesota summer horse camp for children is the subject of a lawsuit after after a longtime counselor was sentenced to prison for child pornography.

The victim, identified at Doe 600, said she was sexually abused from 2015 to 2016 by Scott Fortier, a convicted child pornographer and longtime camp counselor at Circle R Ranch in Long Praire. In the suit, Doe 600 said she brought the suit now because she wants the ranch held accountable for allowing so many girls to be sexually abused by Fortier for so many years, and to encourage other survivors to come forward and share their stories.

Fortier is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for a 2018 child pornography conviction involving abuse of Doe 600 and another minor camper he met at the ranch.

In January, 2018, Fortier was convicted by a federal jury of producing and possessing child pornography after a child reported that Fortier provided her and another girl alcohol and then sexually assaulted them. Fortier, who was 38 years old at the time, recorded the sexual assaults on his phone.

Numerous former campers at Circle R Ranch provided statements at his sentencing hearing describing years of sexual assaults and rapes by the former camp counselor. Before sentencing Fortier, the federal judge described him and the girls at Circle R Ranch as, “a wolf let loose in a field of sheep,” said Attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents Doe 600.

He said that given Fortier’s predatory ways, Circle R Ranch’s granting […]

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