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Rockville Juvenile Treatment Facility To Close

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By Natalie Neumann

The state's department of juvenile services will no longer make referrals to the Karma Academy for Boys.

The academy has been running since 1972, but in the past year there have been reports of teens leaving the facility without permission and of a sexual assault involving juveniles living there.

Ron Rivlin is manager of the Juvenile Justice Service in Montgomery County. Rivlin says the state is working with the facility to find other options for the teenagers living there.

"They will be moved out to other programs elsewhere in the state and the program will seize operations," he says.

Rivlin says the state is also doing an evaluation of the Karma Academy and says the program could reopen depending on the findings.

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