The founder of a controversial youth counseling center has agreed not to apply for a clinical social worker license until 1992 in exchange for the state dismissing charges he abused teenagers under his care, a stipulation and order said.
The stipulation issued by the state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing said Layne R. Meacham can have a petition to sanction his social work license dismissed if he abides by conditions of the agreement.The petition filed in 1989 accuses Meacham of physically and verbally abusing youths placed in his former South Salt Lake counseling program, Proctor Advocate. The petition details incidents of Meacham tackling and wrestling with patients, making them stand for hours and calling them names.
Meacham also divulged confidential information about two of his clients, according to the petition, which charges him with 10 counts of unprofessional conduct.
The stipulation settling the charges said Meacham denies the allegations made against him.
Criminal charges were filed against Meacham by one of the teenage patients at Proctor Advocate. She said Meacham forced her to stand lock-kneed for 90 minutes until she vomited and had to be hospitalized.
A jury found Meacham guilty of a misdemeanor count of abuse. But Judge Michael K. Burton nullified the verdict, citing errors in the trial and jury instructions.
West Valley prosecutor Keith Stoney filed a second complaint more than one year ago, but a new trial has yet to be scheduled.
Meacham was not at the Provo office and did not return calls Friday.