Youth ranch owner releases statement following lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) -The owner of the Tierra Blanca Youth Ranch is now responding to a recent lawsuit.

The family of 18-year old Bruce Staegar who was killed in a car crash at the ranch last year is now suing, saying his death resulted from carelessness and abuse.

The suit claims that before the crash Staegar was “beaten, handcuffed and had jalapeno juice poured in his eyes as part of his discipline.”

“Bruce’s family just wants to make sure that nothing like this ever happens to any other boy at Tierra Blanca ranch,” Tim White, attorney for Bruce Staegar’s family said.

The statement released by Scott chandler expresses condolences to the family, but goes on to say:

“We are extremely saddened at the attempts to make totally outrageous claims of abuse against Scott Chandler which he and other know to be false . Bruce was 18 and had chosen to stay in the program because he held Scott and the program in such high regard. We are saddened at the attempts to mislead Bruce’s family.”
gard. We are saddened at the attempts to mislead Bruce’s family.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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