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Texas Camp Abuse Litigation

If you or a loved one suffered abuse at a so-called “troubled teen” program, you deserve justice. At Griffin Purnell, our attorneys have the experience necessary to stand up against institutional abuse and neglect. We aim to hold these programs accountable and get you the compensation you are owed.

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Troubled Teen Program Lawsuit - 2024

In recent years, the public has become aware of the shocking mistreatment and violence that has occurred for decades behind the walls of teen treatment facilities, camps, and boarding schools. From corporal punishment to sexual assault, the stories of survivors have shaken faith in an industry entrusted with society’s most vulnerable youth.

That’s where a firm like Griffin Purnell can play a key role. Griffin Purnell has attorneys experienced in cases involving physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, including child abuse cases. As a result of this experience, as well as the extensive trial experience of the attorneys at the firm, Griffin Purnell is well suited to assist in the investigation and pursuit of the bad actors in this industry. Sometimes, the only way to get their attention is by hitting their bottom line through meaningful and aggressive litigation.

At Griffin Purnell, we have experience handling corporate abuse like that seen in the “Troubled Teen” industry, including representing plaintiffs in large Mass Torts involving multiple victims of the same bad actor.

What can we do to stop Institutional abuse?

Our legal team is prepared to assist victims in:

  • Investigating reports of abuse through interviews, subpoenas, Freedom of Information Act requests, and other discovery tools
  • Identifying negligent or complicit parties within the program’s administration or ownership to name as defendants
  • Calculating damages such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and punitive damages
  • Filing lawsuits, negotiating settlements, or taking cases to trial
  • Connecting clients to counseling and support networks to aid the healing process
  • Requiring comprehensive vetting, training, and oversight of staff
  • Creating channels for students to securely report incidents without fear of retribution 
  • Incentivizing the closure of sub-par programs

While no amount of money can undo the trauma, holding abusers accountable can begin to restore power to victims. We aim to shut down abusive programs still in operation and set legal precedents to fundamentally reform the troubled teen industry.

To learn more about our services or schedule a consultation, contact us today. The time for justice is now.

Brave victim reporting abuse to qualified attorney.

Texas Summer Camp Abuse Lawyer

Summer camps are meant to be a fun and enriching experience for children and teenagers. However, there have been instances of reported abuse and sexual assault at some summer camps, including those catering to troubled teens. If your child has been a victim of abuse at a summer camp, it is crucial to seek legal representation to protect their rights and hold the responsible parties accountable.

Recent Examples of Abuse in Texas


Abuse Cases at Texas Summer Camps: An ABC13 Eyewitness News investigation uncovered 12 cases of reported abuse at youth camps in Texas between 2013 and 2018. These cases highlight the potential risks that children may face while attending summer camps.

State Warning to a Texas Summer Camp: In 2009, a popular Texas summer camp received a warning from state regulators regarding a case of abuse. This incident demonstrates the importance of holding camps accountable for ensuring the safety and well-being of their campers.

Boerne Gymnastics Summer Camp Coach Sentenced: A 74-year-old gymnastics and summer camp coach, Michael Spiller, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing multiple young girls at his “Circus Arts for Kids” camp, held at the Boerne Gymnastics Center. The reports of sexual assault and molestation began in 2001, with the most recent report being made in 2022. 

One brave victim, who was no older than 13 at the time, reported the abuse to the police, leading to Spiller’s arrest on November 18, 2022. Since then, multiple victims have come forward, alleging that they were also sexually abused by Spiller during their time at the camp. This case underscores the importance of courageously coming forward so abuse does not continue to happen in the future. 

Seeking Justice for Victims


  • If you or your child has been a victim of abuse at a summer camp, it is essential to take immediate action to protect their rights and seek justice. A Griffin Purnell summer camp abuse attorney can help you navigate the legal process and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.
  • Investigating the Camp’s Responsibility: A skilled attorney will thoroughly investigate the camp’s policies, procedures, and staff training to determine if the camp failed to provide a safe environment for its campers.
  • Pursuing Compensation for Damages: Victims of summer camp abuse may be entitled to compensation for their physical and emotional injuries, medical expenses, therapy costs, and pain and suffering. An experienced attorney can help you pursue the maximum compensation possible for your child’s damages.

If you or your child has been a victim of summer camp abuse, do not hesitate to contact Griffin Purnell to discuss your legal options and seek justice so that no one suffers abuse in the future.

Contact us for a free CONFIDENTIAL consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured by a troubled teen program contact our firm for a free confidential consultation to discuss your options. Reaching out to us is always strictly confidential and at no cost to you. If we do ultimately decide to accept your case and move forward with litigation, you pay nothing unless and until we win.

Please reach out through our web form below or by contracting our office at 361-262-1776.

Griffin Purnell Attorneys

Experienced Litigation Team

With over 100 verdicts and 10,000+ hours in trial the attorneys at Griffin Purnell are ready to advocate for your interests. 

Whether you personally suffered a loss or are the family member of someone who has been injured by institutional abuse or neglect – we are here to ensure you are protected and properly compensated.

Our Low Volume - High Pace - Approach

Our low-volume litigation approach allows us to dedicate the time and energy needed to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients. This model involves meticulous research for each case using the latest legal databases, publications, and even active pleadings in comparable jurisdictions.

Griffin Purnell understands that “justice delayed is justice denied.” That’s why we’ve committed to establishing a “fast pace” at the onset of each dispute and ensuring that the other side sticks to their deadlines.

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