The Baptist preacher Lester Roloff founded the Anchor Home for Boys
to help troubled teenagers get their lives back on track. Nearly fifty
years and three states later, the school that bears his name has
transformed dramatically and escaped the allegations of abuse that once
plagued its reputation. But many of its alumni are still haunted by
With help from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, I spent several months examining allegations of abuse over the 40+ years at this residential program for "troubled" teen boys.