Court date finally set for Missouri boarding school case

Boyd Householder, 71, and Stephanie Householder, 55, of Humansville, Missouri. [Image credit: KYTV]

Cedar County, Missouri: A court date has finally been set for The State of Missouri vs Boyd and Stephanie Householder, et al for November 27- December 15, 2023.


The case against the Householders first came to light following the August 2020 removal of approximately two dozen girls from their boarding school, Circle of Hope Girl's Ranch and Boarding School in Humansville, Missouri.


Following their removal 102 charges were filed against the couple in March 2021.


The couple's daughter, Amanda Householder, who has since filed her own personal injury lawsuit against the couple, spoke with the Kansas City Star following the Cedar County Circuit Court hearing on Monday.


"I am extremely relieved that there is now a trial date," she stated. "That day can't come soon enough."


In total, the Householders are facing 11 different cases concerning events that allegedly transpired at both Agape and Circle of Hope Boarding Schools.


Nine of those lawsuits were filed in quick succession following Amanda's own filing, and a tenth was filed just last month.


Three previous cases had been filed and settled against Agape Boarding School between June 2015 and December 2018.


The state has more than a year now to prepare it's case against the Householders.


“My Office has filed a total of 102 criminal charges against Boyd and Stephanie Householder, proprietors of the now-defunct Circle of Hope Girls Ranch and Boarding School,” said Missouri's Attorney General Eric Schmitt when the charges against the couple were announced. “The charging documents allege extensive, and horrific, sexual, physical, and mental abuse perpetrated by the Householders. My Office has worked tirelessly to investigate this case and will continue to work around the clock to ensure that justice is obtained in this case.”


Boyd is facing 79 felony charges and one misdemeanor charge. The charges against him include six counts of second-degree statutory rape, seven counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, six counts of sexual contact with a student, one count of second-degree child molestation, 56 counts of abuse or neglect of a child, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.


Stephanie has been charged with 22 felonies including 12 counts of abuse or neglect of a child, and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.


Both remained in custody until July 2021 when they were released on bond. Boyd reportedly had notified the court that he had contracted COVID-19, and Stephanie reported that she had a blood clot in her foot that could result in amputation if not treated properly.


Since their release, they have been under house arrest.