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A 44-year-old woman who worked as a staff member at a Juab County area program for boys with behavioral problems has been arrested for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with five boys.

Katherine Lynn Estep, of Payson, was booked into the Juab County jail on suspicion of five counts of forcible sodomy and seven counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

The alleged crimes occurred at the The Journey program's Impact Ranch in Mona, according to a Juab County Sheriff's Office news release on Monday.

Juab County Sheriff's Lt. Brent Pulver said officers were called to the ranch on Friday by staff members at the facility to investigate reports of a female staff member "performing sexual acts with five juvenile victims."

Pulver said the case remained under investigation on Monday .

According to the program's website, boys 13 to 18 meet with therapists, participate in service projects and outdoor activities, and are able to work with animals.

Officials at The Journey declined to comment for a news story when contacted by phone on Monday.

No formal charges have been filed against Estep.

Estep has no prior criminal record, according to a search of Utah court records.

She is being held at the Juab County in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to the sheriff's office.

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