House parents at Children’s Christian Ranch charged with child sex abuse

A married couple from Eagle, Idaho, entrusted as house parents at the Children’s Christian Ranch in Eagle, have been arrested and charged with the felony sexual abuse of two young girls that were under their care at the facility. Police in Eagle said that the molested girls, ages 14 and 17, were part of a group home for homeless and at-risk children, according to an August 17 report from the Associated Press carried by KUTV.

Charged with the girls’ felony sexual abuse are Michael Paul Magill, 30, and Jennifer Nicole Magill, 32, both of Eagle. The Magills were taken into custody on Friday and each charged with sexual battery of a minor and sexual abuse of a minor.

The Children’s Christian Ranch is a private group home that cares for homeless and at-risk kids up to the age of 18. A spokesperson for the Children’s Christian Ranch said that the couple is no longer employed at the group home.

Patrick Orr, with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, said that the Magills were scheduled to be arraigned today in Ada. Orr added that the two victims were sexually molested over this summer and while at the Children’s Christian Ranch, according to The Idaho Statesman.

Orr also said that the Magills, who have worked at the group home for the last 11 months, confessed to having sexual contact with the two girls. Police in Ada began their investigation last Thursday after being contacted by representatives from the group home. Investigators interviewed the female victims, collected evidence from the scene and arrested the Magills one day after beginning their investigation.

Two of the couple’s own children also lived at the group home and have been turned over to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for safe keeping. KTVB in Idaho reported that because the Magills also worked outside of the group home as youth group leaders and counselors, that detectives are concerned that there may be more victims out there. Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to contact Detective Shellie Strolberg at (208) 577-3788.