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Details of alleged sexual abuse at active and closed California-based juvenile hall detention facilties
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.
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, 11 or more California juvenile probation officers have been convicted of crimes for inappropriate conduct involving current or former child probationers–this includes several cases of molesting or beating youths in their care.
According to the court documents filed, supervisors at these active and closed juvenile camps ignored unchecked assault, rape, and sexual harassment of child inmates by probation officers.
"Vulnerable children often enter the system because of abuse they have suffered at home or on the streets," said one prosecuting attorney. "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 stories and county reports describe:
- Probation officers encouraging fights among juveniles;
- Sexual contact between officers and minor inmates;
- Officers accused of criminal acts such as theft; and,
- A variety of other offenses committed while on duty.
There have been accusations of sexual assault have been reported by victims against their supposed mentors, as well as criminal charges in connection with guards’ improper use of pepper spray.
Victims and their families are urged to come forward for a free, private case evaluation from a qualified attorney as soon as possible, as victims only have until December 31, 2022, to file a valid claim!
Specific instances of sexual abuse allegations in active and closed California-based juvenile hall detention facilties
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 department, operating with a yearly budget of approximately $700 million, has been the subject of various federal investigations in recent years for failing to prevent, report, and document child abuse.
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, the following specific instances of cases have been revealed through a collection of court documents, law enforcement records, and department sources.
Specific instances of sexual and physical abuse allegations in active and closed California-based juvenile hall detention facilities:
- A probation officer instructed five teenagers under her care to beat another teenager – she mistakenly believed had stolen her cellphone and was later sentenced to a year in jail.
The injured child was not allowed to see a doctor until the next day, when another probation officer noticed his injuries–the officer later found her cellphone in the parking lot.
- A probation officer was captured on tape beating a youth in a juvenile hall recreation room – the officer was later convicted of battery and sentenced to 24 months’ probation.
The disciplined officer’s attorney said there were “extenuating circumstances” that led to the beating, noting that his client was not properly trained to supervise violent youths.
- A probation officer was found to have had sexual intercourse with three youths in the laundry, supply, and interview rooms of the detention hall where she worked – she was later after plead guilty to five counts of felony sexual abuse and was sentenced to four years in prison.
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.”
The team at Consumer Justice Action believes that every victim of sexual abuse at active and closed California-based juvenile hall detention facilities should receive justice and compensation in a court of law – remember that victims only have until the end of 2022 to file a valid claim!
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