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Morning Star Boys’ Ranch

Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, a Spokane boys’ home, is an institution beloved by many. Others, however, say the ranch was a place where they endured physical and sexual abuse. Follow the investigation here.



  • Fri., March 12, 2010, 11:35 a.m.

    Boys’ ranch accuser already had settlement

    Although a jury last month rejected Kenneth Putnam’s sex abuse allegations against Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, the Catholic Diocese of Spokane had already paid Putnam a settlement worth hundreds of …

  • Thu., Feb. 11, 2010, 10:48 a.m.

    2 jurors dismissed from Boys’ Ranch case

    Two jurors will be removed from deliberations in the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch sexual abuse case because of misconduct. The two discussed the case outside of deliberations, which led Superior …

  • Mon., Feb. 8, 2010, 12:12 p.m.

    Ranch trial could go to jury Tuesday

    Closing arguments are expected tomorrow in the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch sex abuse trial. The lengthy trial is the first of more than a dozen cases that could go to …

  • Thu., Jan. 21, 2010, 3:41 p.m.

    Big day in Boys’ Ranch abuse trial

    An unexpected witness may testify that former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch director Joseph Weitensteiner had him procure boys for sex and then gave him money to keep it quiet years …

  • Wed., Jan. 20, 2010, 10:48 a.m.

    Boys’ ranch trial enters day 2

    Either Morning Star Boys’ Ranch management turned a blind eye to decades of child sexual abuse or it is being persecuted by discreditable former residents looking to make a buck. …