Posts Tagged ‘Camp la Junta’

Camp la Junta Has Admitted Matthew Bovee Molested Camper 7 Years Ago

July 13th, 2017 - Comments »

Although Matthew Bovee admitted sexually assaulting his young victim in May of 2011 and has been incarcerated since 2011,  Camp la Junta recently sent letters to their camp families admitting that they are completely certain that the camper was molested.   In the attached letter sent to camp families on November 2, 2016, Camp la Junta apologizes for any incorrect and derogatory statements that have been made towards the victim and his family.  The letter was sent to camp families 7 years after Matthew Bovee admitted the crime.  La Junta apology letter 11-2-16.jpg

Summer Camp Background Checks Not Nationwide

June 18th, 2014 - Comments Off

News Video AUSTIN (KXAN) – According to the American Camp Association, state background checks are mandatory for anyone dealing with children in summer camps, but federal background checks are not. That’s including a tightening of the rules in an effort to make it safer to send kids to camp.

Some organizations still take additional measures to ensure safety. The YMCA runs 20 summer camps in Travis and Hays counties.

Spokesman Andrew Wiggins with the YMCA told KXAN it goes a step further.

Parents Never Dreamed Sending Their Kid to Camp La Junta Would Turn into a Sexual Abuse Nightmare

February 23rd, 2014 - Comments Off

Parents Never Dreamed Sending Their Kid to Camp La Junta Would Turn into a Sexual Abuse Nightmare

February 23rd, 2014 - Comments Off

An 11-year-old sent to summer camp returns to his family with a horrible

By Dianna Wray

Mark smashed his ear to the phone. Even in the crowded cafeteria, he didn’t want
anyone else to hear what his mom was asking. Phone calls between parents and
campers weren’t allowed, but Mark had sent a letter to his mom saying he wanted
to come home and she’d told Click|keyword[Blake+Smith]“>Blake Smith, the owner
of Camp La Junta, that she would speak to her son or he would be withdrawn
immediately. On the other end of the line, Kelly tried to make out Mark’s voice
over the clatter in the Camp La Junta cafeteria. She was across the state in
Houston, but she was ready to get in the car — she wouldn’t even stop to pack a
bag — if her 11-year-old son confirmed her suspicion.

Matthew S. Bovee may have molested little boys in Lincoln, Nebraska, too!

November 29th, 2011 - Comments Off

City of Lincoln
Police Department
2011 News Releases


Date: November 23, 2011 For More Information Contact: Officer Katie Flood, Public Information Officer, 402.441.7226
Officer Troy Cockle, Family Crimes Unit, 402.441.8980


Local Investigation of Matthew Bovee

In August of 2010, a former Lincoln resident, Matthew S. Bovee was indicted by a grand jury in Kerr County, Texas, for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and Indecency of a Child by Sexual Contact. He was accused of molesting an 11-year-old boy at Camp La Junta summer camp in 2009. He allegedly touched the boy’s private parts while screening campers as they emerged from showers to ensure they were clean.

September 9th, 2011 - Comments Off

Former Counselor Back in Kerr Jail

By Zeke MacCormack

Published 12:25 p.m., Thursday, September 8, 2011

KERRVILLE — Matthew S. Bovee, the former Camp LaJunta counselor accused of sexually abusing a boy there in 2009, is back in the Kerr County Jail, accused of violating the terms of the deal he struck during his May trial on sex charges.

He was initially charged with indecency and aggravated sexual assault of a child, to which he pleaded not guilty. As the jury deliberated his fate at trial, he pleaded guilty to injury to a child under a deal that resulted in a sentence of 10 years probation.

Former Camp la Junta Counselor Back in Jail

September 8th, 2011 - Comments Off

Article from Kerrville Daily Times
Former camp counselor back in jail
Matthew S. Bovee, a 22-year-old Lincoln, Neb., man and former Camp La
Junta counselor who pleaded guilty to injuring a child by sexually
abusing a camper, is back in Kerr County jail after being accused of
violating his probation.
Bovee, as part of a plea agreement in May, was sentenced to 10 years
probation, with sex offender conditions that required him to register as
a sex offender..
He admitted in May to injuring a child by sexually assaulting an
11-year-old boy during a shower check at a camp session at La Junta in
July 2009.
He was arrested Aug. 16 for allegations that he violated several terms
of his probation.
According to a motion filed Aug. 30 to revoke Bovee’s probation, he
failed to remain in Travis County, where his probation was transferred,
and also became delinquent in paying his July and August probation fees.
Nor did he submit to the required electronic monitoring in July,
according to the document.
The document also states Bovee attempted to have either direct or
indirect contact with minors, excluding siblings, which is prohibited.
Furthermore, Bovee also is accused of using a computer at a public
library, which did not have probation monitoring software installed, and
having an active Facebook account from May through June – both without
prior approval of the 198th probation department and the court.
Additionally, Bovee is accused of moving within 500 yards of a school
and refusing to find a new residence after being notified of his
violation of probation by the Travis County Adult Probation Department.
Brad McCullouch, 198th Assistant District Attorney, who filed the
motion, was not immediately available for comment.
Bovee has been tentatively scheduled for a hearing at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7
to determine if his probation will be revoked and if he will face jail

Former Camp Counselor Back in Jail

September 8th, 2011 - Comments Off