Church of Scientology building (Janet Lackey/Flickr)

Several psychiatric facilities run by the Church of Scientology in Cannon County, Tennessee have been closed after police found that patients there were being held against their will.

The Cannon Courier reports that multiple facilities in the county were shut down after police received a 911 call from a man who was found locked inside a cabin with no way out.

The patient then told officers that he had been held against his will for nine months, during which he had been treated with unknown medications.

The operator of the facilities, a man named Marc Vallieres, was arrested and charged with two felony counts of facilitation of kidnapping, while two other men who worked at the facility, Dennis Flamond and Hans Snyder Lytle, pled guilty to misdemeanors.

The Cannon County Sheriff’s Department subsequently announced that all the Scientology facilities in the county have been closed and were no longer operating.

 

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