Whitmore Academy

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Whitmore Academy was a behavior modification facility located in Nephi, Utah [1].

They had room for 12 female detainees [2].

It was closed down following a trial, where one of the owner - Cheryl Sudweeks - made a bargain with the authorities [3].

Cheryl Sudweeks was charged with 7 counts of child abuse, hazing against 4 Whitmore students as a result of this criminal investigation--and she accepted a PLEA BARGAIN, rather than face a criminal trial. Cheryl Sudweeks accepted her guilt.


Beside the residential program the owners also used a part of the mansion for Bed and Breakfast. It remains unclear whether the Bed and Breakfast remains open for customers [4]

In the news

In 2002 one of the managers - Mark Sudweeks - were found guilty on two counts of causing distress under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act.[5]

November 2008 they settled the abuse cases out of court [6]

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  1. The facility on Google maps
  2. On our front page this week, The Times-News
  3. Tread on Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth
  4. The Whitmore Mansion B&B, I love inns
  5. SPCA Welcomes Landmark Conviction in Horse Case, BC SPCA, July 2002
  6. Ex-school owners OK $450,000 settlement, 8 students accused couple of abusing and hazing them, By Ethan Thomas, Deseret News, Published: November 19, 2008