Four Ranch of Opportunity residents arrested


Four juvenile residents of the Ranch of Opportunity, a residential treatment center for abused teenage girls, are facing charges after a staff member and a 17-year-old resident were reportedly assaulted Wednesday night at the facility.

At around 11 p.m. Wednesday, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a female staff member had been assaulted by two juvenile residents, 14- and 17-years old, at the Ranch, located at 1771 Palmer Road. According to reports, the staff member suffered a back injury after the juveniles allegedly kicked her in the back.

As other staff members assisted the injured staff member by moving her into a vehicle to take her off of the grounds, another altercation took place and deputies had to return to the scene. During the altercation, a 17-year-old resident was allegedly assaulted by a 15-year-old resident. The 17-year-old victim did not suffer any serious injuries, according to reports.

The two female juvenile residents who reportedly assaulted the staff member and the female resident who allegedly attacked the 17-year-old resident were all arrested by deputies and charged with assault.

A 14-year-old resident was also arrested and charged with criminal damaging after she allegedly threw a rock through the back window of the vehicle that had the injured staff member inside.

All four residents who were charged were transported to the South Central Ohio Juvenile Detention Center in Ross County.

The Ranch of Opportunity opened its doors in Fayette County in the latter part of 2013.

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