Sex abuse lawsuit filed against Long Prairie summer horse camp
Monday, a lawsuit was filed against a summer horse camp for children in Long Prairie for allowing a convicted child abuser to work at the camp.
According to the lawsuit, the survivor, identified in the lawsuit as Doe 600, was sexually abused from 2015 to 2016 by Scott Francis Fortier, who is a longtime camp counselor at Circle R Ranch and is a convicted child pornographer.
Fortier was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2018 for child pornography involving abuse of Doe 600 and another minor he met at the camp.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Fortier, who was 38 at the time, met a 17-year-old and her 15-year-old friend at the camp, invited them to his house in Blaine, gave them both alcohol and then used his cellphone to record videos of him sexually assaulting them.
Before he was sentenced in 2018, a judge described Fortier as "a wolf let loose in a field of sheep."
The lawsuit against Circle R Ranch seeks to hold them accountable for allowing the abuse by Fortier over several years and encourage other victims to come forward.