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Phoenix Boot-Camp Operator Found Guilty in Boy’s Death

By Christina A. Samuels — January 11, 2005 1 min read

A Phoenix boot-camp operator has been found guilty of reckless manslaughter after a 14-year-old camper died while in his care at the youth-disciplinary facility.

Karen Arra, the public-information officer for the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Ariz., said Charles Long, 59, was also found guilty last week of aggravated assault for threatening another youth. A mistrial was declared on eight other counts of child abuse, which were in connection with disciplining other children by making them sit in the sun for hours without adequate water.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 24, Ms. Arra said.

In July 2001, 14-year-old Anthony Haynes began acting erratically and eating dirt while sitting in a disciplinary line at the camp run by Mr. Long. A counselor and other campers took him to a hotel and placed the unconscious boy in a shower, where he inhaled water. They then took him back to the camp, where the boy died, despite resuscitation attempts. The death was ruled an accident.

A version of this article appeared in the January 12, 2005 edition of Education Week