Tony Ortega on the future of Narconon

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    Scientology Anti-Drug Program: Fabricated Court Orders Suggest Attempt to Silence Critics

    Someone appears to be trying to scrub warnings about the church's controversial Narconon program from the internet.

    By Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, August 9, 2017


    Nearly a decade after Scientology prompted a high-profile internet protest movement — sparked when the church attempted to remove a damaging YouTube video of member Tom Cruise speaking about the religion — comes the discovery of a new covert campaign to subvert online criticism of the organization's social work. A series of forged court orders were submitted to Google (and possibly to Yahoo and Bing as well) in 2016 in an attempt to convince the search giant to expunge links to written objections to Scientology's controversial anti-drug program Narconon. The U.S. Department of Justice declined to comment when asked whether it is investigating the issue, which involves the bogus signatures of judges from multiple states.

    Collectively, the material seeks to mend the standing of unbranded Narconon facilities in Michigan and their owner, a prominent Scientologist named Per Wickstrom, whose reputations have been battered by statements on a number of dedicated websites and message boards critical of the church and the program, including and, as well as the general consumer watchdog service (Neither Wickstrom, reached through his Serenity Point facility near Grand Rapids, Michigan, nor the Church of Scientology returned requests for comment.)

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    Four fabricated orders, dated May and August 2016, ostensibly grant injunctions against the tech companies, preventing them from linking to material that, the documents assert, the courts found defamatory in Hamilton County, Ohio; Fulton County, Georgia; and Philadelphia. Some of the orders appear to be templated on an authentic Hamilton County court order from March 2015, which also was submitted to Google on behalf of a small San Francisco production company called Wild Strawberry Entertainment.

    It's unclear who's responsible for forging the orders. However, THR reviewed another sham Hamilton County document involving a request to remove links from search engines, a process known as de-indexing. THR obtained a business contract connected to this other filing, indicating that an entity called Web Savvy had charged a fee of $3,750 for the successful elimination of each "negative" link. Web Savvy and a related company,, are based in Torrance, just south of Los Angeles, and both are run by a marketing consultant named John Rooney, who describes himself on LinkedIn as an expert in "removing negative content from the web and promoting client's positive image," citing at the top of a list of sites he focuses on.

    Corresponding by email, Rooney denied that his firm had any connection to Narconon. When pressed to explain the documentation, he stopped responding to emails and phone calls.

    Neither the judges nor the lawyers impersonated in the materials would comment. The search firms also declined to address the matter.

    The affected websites themselves, however, were both candid and unsurprised. "We've been dealing with shenanigans like this for a while," explained Mary McConnell, the pseudonym of an activist volunteer with two of them, and "To go so far as using the name of real judges is what's eye-opening." Adds a weary Ed Magedson, owner of, with a more general observation: "It has become far more prevalent in the last year or so to attempt to de-index us with Google, since that's how users find content anyway, and Google appears to almost automatically rubber-stamp [requests], so some people try to take advantage." had previously alerted its readership community that in February 2016 a "Larry Brennan" requested that Google remove, due to an alleged copyright violation, a document published on Carnegie Mellon's website detailing the state of Oklahoma mental health board's 1991 denial of a Narconon application for certification. Brennan, a former high-ranking Scientologist turned critic — who was transgender and transitioned in 2012 to Denise — died in 2014.

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    Scientology anti-drug program: Fabricated court orders suggest attempt to silence critics’

    By Eugene Volokh, The Washington Post, August 10, 2017


    Gary Baum (Hollywood Reporter), who has written a lot about Scientology, has the story:


    For more on the Internet libel takedown system — other forgeries, other forms of misconduct and still other matters — see these posts.


    This post has also been added to the thread about the Scientology and the Aftermath TV series:
  4. Actor Mark Ruffalo has tweeted the story. He has 3.33 million followers. His tweet has been retweeted 115 times.

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    Just Say No To Xenu’s Fraud | Letters To The Editor, Jersey Shore Online

    By Rev. Dr. Eric Hafner, November 3, 2017


    Many New Jerseyans are in need of a treatment program, to help break free from the grasp of addiction to drugs like heroin/opiates or a drinking problem. Families have often sent loved ones to multiple programs in the hopes of sobriety. But let’s not make a bad situation worse, and lose your money to a scam.

    In an internet search for drug treatment programs, a group called “Narconon” will likely be a result. At times the group will operate treatment referral pages that mask their true operator. On their websites, they falsely claim 75 percent success rates. These rates are bogus.

    Narconon is operated by the Church of Scientology, and bases their programs on brainwashing persons into the ideas of L. Ron Hubbard, and have attracted allegations of fraud, in addition to negligence when deaths have occurred in their sci-fi quack programs.

    Narconon is not a medical program. Its staff has no bona fide medical qualifications. Sales staff are trained to manipulate the dynamics of a family in crisis, and are paid thousands of dollars per patient enrolled. Despite a similar name, Narconon has no links to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous whatsoever.

    Communities, elected officials, schools, and even police departments should be on the lookout for Narconon and other Scientology front groups, seeking to recruit new members and sources of income for what the German government has deemed a corporate cult with fascist objectives. We should listen to the warnings of actress Leah Remini and if Scientology comes knocking, “Just Say No” and ask “How’s Xenu?”

    Want to learn more about the cult’s space alien beliefs without paying or heaven forbid, joining? Check out and you can do so. The “Church” of Scientology denies the existence of Space Lord Xenu in their beliefs at times, yet has claimed copyright ownership over such materials. The documents on WikiLeaks would cost a total of at least $250,000 to $350,000 to buy through a Scientology program. Also watch out for their “Free Personality Test” tables in public places.

    I urge the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and county prosecutors to open criminal investigations into Narconon, for fraud and unlicensed practice of medicine.

    Rev. Dr. Eric Hafner
    Toms River

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    This was published in Volume 19 Number 1 of the Marburg Journal of Religion, which Wikipedia describes as "a peer-reviewed online academic journal that publishes articles on empirical and theoretical studies of religion."

    Narconon, Scientology, and the Battle for Legitimacy

    By Stephen A. Kent


    This article provides an historical description and analysis of Scientology’s controversial drug treatment program, Narconon. Following scholarship by sociologist Terra Manca on Scientology’s pseudo-medicine, I argue that Scientology initially wavered about acknowledging its program to be part of its ‘religion,’ but eventually dropped this claim as it attempted to get Narconon programs and teachings established in communities. I show, however, the intimate association between Scientology and Narconon courses, and present some of the evidence that the program lacks scientific validity - especially its Purification Rundown.

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    Scientology trying to salvage its derelict Narconon flagship as new training center

    By Rod Keller, December 26, 2017


    Scientology has launched an initiative known as the Narconon Arrowhead Expansion Project to revitalize the site. The facility in Canadian, Oklahoma is promoted as the “Flagship Narconon,” much like Flag Land Base in Clearwater is the primary center for completing the OT levels. The facility has fallen on hard times since the death of several patients there and the accompanying lawsuits. A source close to the facility tells us there were recently 10 patients in the program, although the building is designed to hold 200.

    This news prompted us to take a look at the program, where it is succeeding and where it has failed.


    Despite hard times for the Flagship Narconon at Arrowhead, numerous facility defections and closures, the Narconon network is maintaining operations, particularly in Europe. Newly opened Scientology “Ideal Orgs” and Continental Narconons are instructed to foster the founding of new facilities, and we can expect new attempts to open Narconons in Canada, South Africa and Australia. One source tells us of a plan to open a Narconon Ireland, but the lack of detail tells us this is not imminent.

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    Western World Insurance wins dispute over Scientology-based rehab operation

    By Judy Greenwald, Business Insurance, January 12, 2018


    A federal district court has largely ruled in favor of Western World Insurance Company in a dispute with an insurer that provides coverage for nonprofits, in a dispute as to whether it is obligated to provide defense costs for a Church of Scientology-affiliated drug rehabilitation operation.

    The issue in the litigation in Western World Insurance Company v. Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California is which insurer must provide the defense in two lawsuits filed against Los Angeles-based Narconon International, which oversees a Scientology-based treatment program implemented by local state affiliates, according to Tuesday’s ruling by the U.S. District Court in San Jose.

    The first lawsuit was filed on behalf of Patrick Desmond, who was a patient at Narconon affiliate Narconon of Georgia. In June 2008, after consuming alcohol provided by Narconon staff at a staff member’s apartment, Mr. Desmond left with two former patients to purchase heroin and died early the next morning from a heroin overdose, according to the ruling. Mr. Desmond’s family sued Narconon of Georgia and Narconon International for claims including negligence.

    The second lawsuit was brought on behalf of Heather Landmeier, who was a patient at Narconon of Oklahoma. Litigation in the case alleges that employees provided drugs and alcohol to Ms. Landmeier and allowed her to enter into sexual relationships with staff members.

    In March 2008, Narconon of Oklahoma forced Ms. Landmeier to leave the facility, and a day later she overdosed on heroin and OxyContin, leaving her in a vegetative state paralyzed from the neck down. A lawsuit filed by her family also claimed negligence, among other charges.

    Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey-based Western World and Santa Cruz, California-based Nonprofits Insurance provided overlapping insurance coverage to Narconon International.

    NIAC’s policy had commercial general liability, liquor liability and improper sexual conduct coverage forms. The CGL coverage form also included an exclusion for bodily injury due to the “failure to render any professional service.”

    The NIAC refused to provide a defense to Narconon, and Western World filed suit in the District Court seeking summary judgment on NIAC’s duty to defend.

    In the Desmond case, the parties disagreed as to whether Mr. Desmond’s death was caused by an “occurrence,” said the ruling. The ruling held that it was.

    “The neglectful provision of alcohol to and deficient supervision of a patient in rehab leading to the patient’s unexpected death constitute an ‘occurrence’ or ‘accident,’ ” said the ruling.

    “NIAC improperly refused to defend on the ground that there was no ‘occurrence’ triggering policy coverage,” the ruling said.

    The ruling also held NIAC was obligated to provide a defense in both cases under the professional service exclusion and, in Ms. Landmeier’s case, the improper sexual conduct form.

    The court ruled in favor of NIAC with respect to the liquor liability coverage form because, it said, the situations in the lawsuits did not involve providing alcohol in a business or formal setting.

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    Scientology-connected real estate co. given 12th extension in case against Frederick County

    By Cameron Dodd, Frederick News Post


    A Church of Scientology-connected company seeking to operate an addiction-treatment facility near Thurmont has been granted an extension from filing a court memorandum for the twelfth time.

    Social Betterment Properties International (SBPI), a company acting as a real estate arm of the Church of Scientology, is seeking judicial review of a 2015 Frederick County Council decision regarding its Trout Run property. Since August of 2016, SBPI has successfully extended its deadline to file a memorandum of support for its petition for judicial review.

    SBPI bought Trout Run in 2013 with the intention that Narconon, a Scientology-affiliated drug-treatment program, would operate on the 40-acre Catoctin Mountain camp. Frederick County "resource conservation" zoning ordinances, however, prohibited such use of the property.

    SBPI sought a historical designation from the county, which would allow them an exemption to the zoning restriction. The county council voted 6-1 against the designation.

    In October 2015, SBPI filed for judicial review of the case, alleging religious discrimination based on the company's and Narconon's connections to the Church of Scientology. Narconon is a controversial drug-treatment program based on the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

    Attorneys for SBPI requested records pertaining to the county council's decision making process, and in September 2016, Frederick County Circuit Court Judge Scott Rolle ordered the county to turn over more than three dozen records the county originally withheld.

    SBPI's first memorandum of support for the petition for judicial review was originally due on Aug. 2, 2016. The company requested an extension to allow time for several pending procedural motions and the information request issue to be resolved, according to court documents.

    A judge extended the deadline to Sept. 29, 2016. SBPI has been granted extensions almost monthly through the end of 2016 and throughout 2017. On Jan. 12, Frederick County Circuit Court Judge Theresa M. Adams granted SBPI's twelfth motion to extend the deadline again.

    Frederick attorney Bruce Dean, one of the lawyers representing SBPI, declined to comment on why the company has prolonged the filing deadline.

    "I can’t divulge our strategy and what’s going on," Dean said. "There are things going on, but I can’t really talk about it."

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    County, Scientology-connected real estate firm close to use settlement on Trout Run

    By Cameron Dodd, Frederick News Post


    Frederick County and a real estate firm affiliated with the Church of Scientology are close to settling a lawsuit over a proposed drug treatment facility on Catoctin Mountain.

    Attorneys for the county and Social Betterment Properties International, the real estate arm of the Church of Scientology, have negotiated a full settlement, according to documents filed Thursday in Frederick County Circuit Court. The county and SBPI have requested that the lawsuit be stayed, or placed on hold, by the court while the settlement is finalized.

    “We’ve had discussions with them and hope to reach an amicable settlement to the litigation,” County Attorney John Mathias said.

    SBPI purchased the 40-acre Trout Run property in 2013. The Church of Scientology intended for its Narconon drug treatment program to operate a rehabilitation center at the Catoctin Mountain camp.
    Running such a center is not allowed at Trout Run under the county’s resource conservation zoning ordinance.

    In 2015, the Frederick County Council voted against adding the property to the county’s Register of Historic Places, a designation that would have exempted Trout Run from its zoning restrictions.

    The Frederick County Historic Preservation Commission had approved adding Trout Run to the register before the council’s vote. The Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals also approved the treatment center plan.

    In July 2015, following the council’s decision not to add the property to the historic register, SBPI filed a petition for judicial review in Frederick County Circuit Court. The real estate company alleged the council’s decision was motivated by religious bias against Scientology.

    The efficacy and safety of Narconon’s treatment methods have long been a target of scrutiny and added a layer of controversy to SBPI’s designs for Trout Run.

    Narconon’s program is based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology prohibits its adherents from seeing psychiatrists or psychologists. Critics and former clients of Narconon say its treatment method amounts to quitting drugs “cold turkey” utilizing exercise, vitamins and saunas.

    In 2015, former Narconon staff member and client David E. Love spoke at a meeting of the Frederick County group No Narconon at Trout Run. Narconon’s program is based on pseudoscience and does not rely on doctors, nurses, therapists or counselors, according to Love.

    From 2009 to 2012, four clients at an Oklahoma Narconon facility died, The Oklahoman reported.
    Frederick County has maintained that the council questioned the applicability of the historic place designation for Trout Run from the beginning.

    In September 2016, Judge Scott Rolle ordered Frederick County to release 39 records related to the council’s vote.

    Between August 2016 and January of this year, Frederick County Circuit Court judges extended SBPI’s deadline for filing a memorandum in support of its petition for judicial review 12 separate times.

    The most recent deadline to file the memorandum was Feb. 15. The day before, attorneys for SBPI filed a 13th motion for extension, requesting a new deadline of April 16.

    The motion was denied by Frederick County Circuit Judge Theresa M. Adams on Feb. 14.

    Attorneys for both sides of the case notified the court Thursday that they had reached an agreement and were close to finalizing a settlement.

    County officials told The News-Post they could not release the settlement before it is finalized. Frederick attorney Bruce Dean, who represents SBPI, was unable to comment on details of the agreement.

    ”We’re working on it and look forward to being finished with this ongoing litigation,” Dean said.
    County officials expect the final agreement to be finished soon, Frederick County spokeswoman Vivian Laxton said.

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    In Hollywood and in Italy, Scientology is making all your dreams come true!

    By Rod Keller, The Underground Bunker, May 6, 2018


    We previously reported that Scientology is opening a new Narconon drug and alcohol rehab facility in Osnago, Italy.


    The opening brings the number of Narconons operating in Southern Europe to 10, including one each in Turkey, Egypt and the Republic of Macedonia. Unlike with the planned Narconon Ireland, there is no local opposition to any of these facilities. Despite the closures in recent years of facilities in Georgia, Placerville and Trois-Rivières, Narconon is expanding with recently opened locations in the U.K., Denmark, Florida, California, Mexico, Italy and Turkey.

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    The Placerville location is still licensed by California.

    The claim that it closed came from an unnamed former Narconon official.

    Narconon is dead, long live Narconon! How Scientology solved its drug rehab addiction November 10, 2015, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker
    The other problem is that they're still doing Narconon according to recent report.
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    How to get fired from a Scientology job the easy way — a real-world example

    By Tony Ortega, June 12, 2018


    We heard recently from a young man who talked himself out of a job at a Scientology drug rehab in May, and we thought you’d want to hear about it.

    Our tipster — we’ll call him Peter — enrolled in a Narconon center (we’re not going to say where) to help him get rid of a drug problem. Peter was not an uneducated young man, and he says the Scientology drills that he was put through during his drying out at the rehab were “the dumbest thing I’ve ever done, honestly.”

    But Scientology is very clever about how it staffs its rehabs — it knows that when its “students” come out of the program they may be faced with a challenge getting back into society and finding a job. So Narconon offers its graduates work, and it can be pretty hard to turn down, even though it’s low-paying and involves drilling other people in those same Scientology rituals.

    Peter decided he would take a job at the rehab, but first he was asked to attend a Dianetics seminar.

    “I was pushed to do it since I was training to take over the executive director position at [the rehab location],” he says. But as soon as he began to take part in the seminar, he became angry.

    His college degree is in psychology, and he was offended by what Dianetics was peddling — a discredited version of psychoanalysis. “They told me that through dianetic auditing they could cure me of my allergies to bees and strawberries,” he says. “I of course laughed in their faces and told them they were bat shit crazy to believe that, and to believe that by closing your eyes and getting asked simple questions, you could go into a past life thousands of years ago and remember everything from a traumatic event.”

    We picked up right away on those words — “of course” — because based on the many people we’ve talked to over the years, the opposite reaction usually happens. Even rational, intelligent, and well educated people tend not to scoff so outwardly, but will keep their concerns to themselves even if they do harbor doubts.

    Peter says by being so verbal and up front with his criticisms, he was told by the local church that he was being “suppressive.”

    “It got back to my corporate office that I was labeled a Suppressive Person,” he says. “Corporate…had the executive director gather reports from other staff members and interns about me bad-mouthing Dianetics and Scientology.”

    A day later, Peter was let go from his Narconon, given a letter from corporate saying it was for reasons of — get this — “downsizing.”

    “I know of seven employees hired after me who were not let go. I’m sure you have gathered that the real reason for my termination was because of my views on Scientology,” he says.

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    Scientology rehabs are hiring — if you don’t care about money or a decent place to live

    By Rod Keller, September 3, 2018


    Narconon is hiring and the good news for those in need of work is that you don’t need any experience to work there. The bad news is that you may not get paid. Training as an addiction counselor is actually counterproductive in Scientology’s drug rehab facilities since they operate only under the policies of L. Ron Hubbard and not accepted scientific and medical practices. The program consists of the Purification Rundown, which involves saunas, exercise and overdoses of vitamins, and a series of Scientology training routines involving staring and shouting at ashtrays.


    Addiction treatment staff from outside Narconon are unlikely to work under these conditions, so Narconon hires untrained Scientologists and addiction patients as soon as they complete the program. Narconon Suncoast opened in Clearwater, Florida in 2015. Clearwater is the home of Scientology’s Flag Land Base, which provides a pool of employees willing to work under the Narconon program. Narconon offers to train new employees at the facility while they work.


    Narconon Ojai in California is also hiring. It opened in 2015 and closed in 2017 after a wildfire damaged parts of the facility. It’s open again, and needs untrained workers. The facility is intended to serve as a “Celebrity Narconon” for addicts who want to get clean without alerting the press. The only patient we are aware of is Shay Carl Butler, a Youtube celebrity who filmed his return to Narconon after a relapse.


    Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma is always hiring. It’s intended to be the training facility for all other Narconons around the world, but in practice those facilities train their staff in-house. Most Narconons can’t afford to send their staff for Arrowhead training. The opportunity to live on a beautiful lake is less attractive to potential employees as it also involves living in a cabin rather than a house or apartment.


    But it’s perfect for graduating staff whose families may fear they will relapse in their addiction. Narconon facilities continue to hire untrained recovering addicts as interns and then staff members. Without the tools that a traditional rehab facility can provide a large percentage of staff members will continue to relapse.


    This explanation to Narconon’s recent staff recruiting efforts may lie with a lawsuit filed against the Arrowhead facility, and an investigation by the Oklahoma Department of Labor. Narconon is being sued and investigated for not paying some of its employees. We spoke to Jamie Adams, one of the plaintiffs against Narconon who tells us “That place is atrocious. The administration is pathetic. [They charge] $30,000 per ‘student’ (client), they received four new intakes three weeks before I left — that’s $120,000. But they can’t afford to do payroll or pay their phone bill apparently. Students eat ravioli from a can. It’s a mess.” At least at Arrowhead, Narconon may be recruiting because they lose staff when they fail to make payroll.

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    A new Narconon in Mexico

    By Tony Ortega, September 11, 2018


    Scientology has opened another of its Narconon quack drug rehab clinics, this time in Puebla, and spearheaded by Diego Corona Cremean, the state of Puebla’s former Secretary of Infrastructure and Transportation.

    According to a press report, “The inaugural event was attended by different personalities such as the former rector of the BUAP, Enrique Agüera Ibáñez; the undersecretary of state health, José Antonio Martínez García; the businessman Rafael Moreno Valle Sánchez and the president of the local Congress, Carlos Martínez Amador.”

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    Scientology going ‘Ideal’ with drug rehabs too, and will replace an ailing clinic

    By Tony Ortega, September 30, 2018


    For a couple of years we’ve been keeping an eye on the ailing Narconon rehab in the Netherlands, which has served only three patients in two years. Rod Keller tells us that Scientology has plans for a new clinic there.

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    Scientology so desperate for Narconon patients, new offer drops all pretense of separation

    By Rod Keller, October 28, 2018


    Scientology makes it ambiguous how involved they are with Narconon in order to placate local officials and to attract customers who would be put off by the connection. It’s a false wall of separation between the church and the drug rehabs. They claim the same saunas, vitamins and training routines are religious in nature when done in a Scientology org, but non-religious when done at Narconon.

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    Scientology hails study vindicating its rehab program — so we take a closer look

    By Tony Ortega, October 30, 2018


    Recently, one of our correspondents forwarded us a press release put out by Scientology’s drug rehab outfit, Narconon, which was boasting about a new study finally providing some scientific evidence to back up L. Ron Hubbard’s ideas about treating drug abuse.

    Our correspondent sounded crestfallen that Narconon had finally managed to get a peer-reviewed study published which seemed to confirm what Scientology has been saying all along about its cold-turkey, sauna-based treatment regimen.

    Well, hang on, we said. Let’s make sure someone who actually knows something about scientific studies gets a look at this. We turned to Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dave Touretzky, who has been keeping an eye on Narconon for far longer than we have, and who maintains extensive web pages about how Narconon really works. We’re glad we did, because Touretzky had plenty of questions about the study. We’ll let him take it from here.

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    Judges stays county, Scientology rehab litigation

    By Cameron Dodd, Frederick News Post


    Eight months after attorneys for the county and a Church of Scientology-affiliated real estate company told a local court they had nearly resolved a dispute over a proposed drug abuse treatment center, the parties are still negotiating.

    Circuit Court Judge Julia Martz-Fisher on Friday ordered a stay on a suit between Frederick County and Social Betterment Properties International, which purchased the 40-acre Trout Run property on Catoctin Mountain in 2013. The two parties have been in litigation since 2016 over SBPI's plan to allow the controversial Scientology-affiliated Narconon program to operate a drug abuse treatment center on the property.

    The Catoctin Mountain camp would need a historical designation to be exempt from zoning restrictions that prohibit such use of the property. The Frederick County Council voted against the designation in 2015.

    SBPI and the county filed a joint motion to stay the litigation in February. The motion stated they were close to finalizing a full settlement.

    The motion was approved Friday, but a settlement has not been reached yet, according to County Attorney John Mathias.

    An attorney for SBPI declined to comment.


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