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General details of alleged sexual abuse at California’s active and closed juvenile camps
A large number of California’s active and closed juvenile camps are fielding accusations of sexual and physical abuse of the minors in their facilities.
The Los Angeles Times reports that 11 or more California probation officers in the juvenile system have been convicted of inappropriate conduct involving current or former child probationers in their care–this includes several cases of molesting or beating these youths.
According to the court documents filed, supervisors at these active and closed juvenile camps ignored unchecked harassment, rape, and sexual assault of child inmates by probation officers.
According to one prosecuting attorney: "Vulnerable children often enter the system because of abuse they have suffered at home or on the streets. The probation system should offer these youthful offenders restorative justice instead of perpetuating their cycle of abuse. The criminal conduct of those who used their positions of authority to sexually assault these children must be exposed. These despicable people and those who enabled them must be held accountable."
Over 20 years of news reports describe pattern of abuses:
- Officers accused of criminal acts such as theft;
- A variety of other offenses committed while on duty;
- Probation officers encouraging fights among juveniles;
- Sexual contact between officers and minor inmates.
Other accusations against supervisors in charge of minors include sexual assault of their underage inmates, as well as allegations of guards’ improper use of pepper spray on the children, as well.
Victims–and the families that suffered with them–are encouraged to request a free, private case evaluation from an experienced attorney quickly, as victims are limited to the end of 2022 to file a valid claim!
Specific instances of sexual abuse allegations filed against California’s active and closed juvenile camps
Los Angeles County runs one of the nation’s largest juvenile justice systems, with a population of probation officers responsible for protecting and reforming approximately 3,000 youths in 21 halls and camps.
The probation department–operating on an annual budget of approximately $700 million– has been the target of an intensive federal investigation for failing in their duties to prevent these instances child abuse.
The Los Angeles Times reports the following specific details of some of the more difficult cases that were gathered from various court documents, law enforcement records, and department sources.
Specific details of suspected sexual and physical abuse in a handful of California’s active and closed juvenile camps include:
A probation officer charged with ordering five teenagers under her supervision to beat another teenager in retaliation – she erroneously suspected the teen inmate of stealing her phone and served a year in jail as a result of the charge.
It wasn’t until another officer noticed the child’s injuries that the injured child inmate was allowed to see a doctor the next day–and the officer’s phone was found in the parking lot of the facility.
A probation officer was charged with having sexual encounters with three youth inmates in various areas of the detention hall where she was employed – the guard eventually pled guilty to five counts of felony sexual abuse and served a four-year prison sentence.
According to the officer, “I had a consensual relationship with a young man who was 17 and I stupidly thought I was in love with…everything else I did was completely inappropriate, unethical and extremely unprofessional.”
A probation officer was caught on closed circuit TV beating a youth in a juvenile hall recreation room – the guard later pled guilty to a charge of battery and was eventually sentenced to 24 months of probation.
The disciplined officer’s attorney explained that there were “extenuating circumstances” that led to the assault, noting that his client was not properly trained to supervise violent youth offenders.”
The USA Assistance Team believes that every child sexual abuse victim at California’s active and closed juvenile camps should have the chance to receive justice and compensation – keep in mind that victims only have until December 31, 2022, to file a valid claim!
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