Charge: Therapist helped 2 teenagers escape corrections facility


A therapist has been charged with helping two teenage boys – one of whom she is claimed to be involved with – escape a juvenile corrections facility.

According to KARE 11, charges in Ramsey County claim Karen Meyer, 29, helped the two boys escape on Feb. 11, 2016 from the Boys Totem Town (BTT) facility in St. Paul, where she worked as an independent mental health therapist.

One of the boys was found shortly after leaving because he had a GPS bracelet on, the TV station notes, but the other teen – identified as JLW – is still at large.

The Star Tribune reports Meyer is said to have shown preferential treatment to JLW and was reportedly intimately involved with him, with another juvenile at the facility telling authorities they once saw them kissing on the couch in her office.

Authorities say she helped him and the other boy plan and execute their escape, providing him with $100 and transportation.

JLW was sent to BTT in August, the Pioneer Press reports, for between four to nine months after being deemed a juvenile delinquent by a court after he committed criminal damage to property.

The escapee caught by police was overheard saying Meyer gave JLW "transportation to her house," the newspaper notes, but when police went to her home on University Avenue, she said he was not at her home. She was then arrested and declined a police interview.

She has been charged with one count of aiding an offender.

Boys Totem Town is a residential program for up to 36 adolescent boys, according to the Ramsey County website, and has operated for more than 100 years providing care, education and rehabilitation to those a ruled juvenile delinquent by the courts.

The St. Paul Schools website says the name Boys Totem Town evolved from "the practice of turning every dead tree on the grounds into a totem pole."

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