Ex-students charge abuse at Ore. boarding school

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Nine former students of a shuttered boarding school in Central Oregon charge in a lawsuit that they were deprived of sleep, water, food and medical care at a place where parents paid more than $6,000 a month to straighten out troubled teenagers.

The $14 million suit filed Tuesday in state court says one girl was forced to disclose to her classmates that her father sexually abused her and to act out sexual propositions with classmates and adult staff members.

The allegations are similar to those that led the state of Oregon to order the Mount Bachelor Academy closed in 2009. A year later the state reached a settlement that withdrew the suspension but maintained the investigation was justified.

The school's lawyer said it denied charges of mistreatment.