Williamston Youth Academy closing

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The Williamston Youth Academy announced this week that they are voluntarily relinquishing their group home license through DSS. Following the announcement, all 24 kids that were at the facility were placed in new group homes as of Wednesday.

According to reports, officials with the youth academy told DSS and community stakeholders that it was being shut down so the facility could go through a full transformation and reboot.

“It was a mutual decision between DSS and us. We work collaboratively with them. We felt it was the best interest of the kids,” a spokesperson for Meridian Behavioral Health System said. “We hope to open again someday.”

Earlier this month William Avery Moulton-Fowler, who served as the facility education director, was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor – 3rd degree.

Williamston Fire and Police have responded to a number of calls at the facility since it opened in 2016.

Last October four teens who were being housed at the facility ran away. They were later found.