Diamond Ranch Academy

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Diamond Ranch Academy is a behavior modification facility marketed as a boarding school. <ref>The new campus on Google maps</ref>

It was started in 1999<Ref name="NATSAP">Program Details, NATSAP National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs</Ref> and operated in Idaho before moving to Utah. The founders were Rob and Sherri Dias. For many years they operated from a Ranch like campus east of the town <Ref>The old campus on Google maps</Ref>

They are able to detain 40 teenagers aged either between 12 and 15 or 16 to 17 on each of the 4 dorms<Ref Name=NATSAP/>. The dorms are both age and gender separated <Ref name=NATSAP/>.

They are member of the private organization of behavior modification programs called NATSAP <Ref Name=NATSAP/>.

Early 2012 it was reported that construction of a new campus west of the present one was started. It will house 150 teenagers and will be located on y 4000 West Sand Hollow Road <ref>Hurricane City Planning Commission minutes 8-24-2011, City of Hurricane</ref>. The old campus has been listed for sale.

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The facility allows the use of escort firms. They can provide a list of firms if the parents do not want to discuss the banishment with their child and order a pickup instead.

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They use a level system with 5 regular levels.

The regular levels are named: Student, Supervisor, Manager, Director and Graduate.

Besides these, they also have a level called Homeless. It is used for teenagers, which arrive at the facility and have to be forced into acceptance of the fact that they are abandoned by their family and detained at the facility for a unknown time.

If one of the detained teenagers breaks one of the many rules of the facility such as destruction of ranch property, being more than 15 feet from staff, stealing food, talking to the other gender or swearing, they can end up on the level called unemployment. Being unemployed means being forced to drag or pull a cart around the property from 5am in the morning to 10pm in the evening. Lunch etc. have be dealt with outside.

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The detained teenagers are living small dorms - more exactly small houses sized about 500 sqft. Each house contains 1 staff and up to 8 teenagers. They are always gender separated. As for sanitation there are 2 bathrooms with 2 sinks. A photo on the homepage shows 4 beds in a single room. The names of the dorms are Lava Falls, Stone Ridge, Crystal Springs, Whisper Creek. For marketing purposes they each have a blog <Ref>Blog: Diamond Ranch Academy, Lava Falls Campus Blog
Blog: Diamond Ranch Academy, Stone Ridge Campus Blog
Blog: Diamond Ranch Academy, Crystal Springs Campus Blog
Blog: Diamond Ranch Academy, Whisper Creek Campus Blog</Ref>


The detained teenager can speak with his or her parents every second week as a part of family therapy session over the phone. Parents can on weeks, when there is no family therapy speak with a staff member instead.

The detained teenagers can email and write letters to the parents.

After 10 weeks the parents are allowed to visit their child. When the child reaches the director level, he or she can go on a home visit. A second home visit can be done on graduate level.


Unemployment and possible restraint if neccessary. If the teenagers threaten to run or commit suicide they are put on safety watch, in this time they have their shoes laces taken and are required 3 searches a day along with a shower search at the end of the night.


Rob Dias was used as consultant for a TV-serie, which today is recognized as masked marketing for the industry <Ref>Transcript from Joe's Guest Appearance on "Donny and Marie", Joe Lando web page, February 4 2000
Higher Ground, Internet Movie DataBase</Ref>


  • January 2009 a boy was found dead after he was placed in their sick bay. No cause of death has been found. Investigation by the family is pending <Ref> "James Shirey Jr, Legacy.com</Ref><Ref>James Richard "Jim" Shirey, memorial website</Ref>
  • 2015 It was reported that one of the teachers were charged by the police with two first-degree felony counts of aggravated child sexual abuse and 10 second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. These activities were unrelated to his job but the police tracked his IP-number to the school which shows that he had been using work equipment for his illegal activities <ref>Hundreds of images found, man charged with 12 felonies for child sex crimes, by Carin Miller, The St. George News, September 10 2015</ref>. His wife - also previous employed at the facility was arrested on related charges <ref>Husband, wife face child sexual exploitation charges, by Haven Scott, The Spectrum, October 1 2015</ref>. The charges against the wife was dropped but the teacher was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison.

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