Abilene boot camp plans to operate despite police investigation
Updated On: Jan 10 2013 03:29:39 PM CST
An Abilene boot camp accused of allegedly assaulting children will continue operating – including this Saturday – amid an ongoing police investigation.
Reality Invasion, a non-profit, military style boot camp for troubled children and teenagers, is being investigated for allegedly using restraints and stun guns on participants.
Founder Paul Huntington said instructors have handcuffs and a stun gun for their protection and the protection of other children. He said they have only used a stun gun once out of self defense.
The boot camp meets on Saturdays, but Huntington said police will not allow him to operate within the Abilene city limits, pending the results of the investigation.
Assistant Police Chief Mike Perry said the boot camp investigation involves multiple agencies, including APD, CPS, and Child Care Licensing (CCL).
"Boot camps (and similar operations) that meet state requirements may necessitate licensing through CCL," Perry said in an email response. "Early in this investigation, it was communicated to the boot camp that they could not continue operations without a license, if one was required.
"Our investigation into this case continues. We anticipate being able to provide additional details as soon as late tomorrow."
Meanwhile, Huntington said he is looking to follow through with the boot camp in another city this coming Saturday and he is still accepting new applicants.
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