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Details of alleged sexual abuse at California’s Pacific Lodge group home
Pacific Lodge Boys’ Home in Woodland Hills is situated on carefully landscaped and wooded grounds--9.5 acres on Serrania Avenue south of Ventura Boulevard--and supposedly offers residents opportunities for solitude.
While the boys who live in cottages or group homes spend their days in offices, schoolrooms, and dining and recreational facilities that resemble those of a private boarding school, there is a dark side of Pacific Lodge that reflects accusations of physical and sexual assaults against its youth residents.
A man is suing Pacific Lodge and Los Angeles County, alleging he was sexually molested numerous times by staff members of Pacific Lodge, foster relatives, and a facility resident while spending most of his childhood in multiple foster care shelters.
At age 12, the county placed D.G. at Pacific Lodge Youth Services Inc.’s residential facility in Woodland Hills, where he was molested by a male resident, the suit states.
“Pacific Lodge knew that their clients–foster care children–were prior victims of sexual abuse and had policies and procedures that staffed the facility in such a way that resident-on-resident sexual abuse was a systemic issue and allowed those sexual predators to have uninterrupted access to the defendants’ most vulnerable clients,” the suit states.
Victims and their families are encouraged to request a free, private case evaluation from a qualified attorney as soon as possible, as victims only have until the end of 2022 to file a valid claim!
Specific instances of sexual abuse allegations in California group homes and children's centers
Los Angeles County alone is one of the nation’s largest juvenile justice systems, with probation officers responsible for protecting 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.
The Los Angeles Times identified the following cases through court documents, law enforcement records, and department sources.
Specific instances of sexual and physical abuse allegations in California group homes and children's centers include:
- 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 “extenuating circumstances” 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 later pled 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.”
- A probation officer instructed five teenagers under her care to beat another teenager – she mistakenly believed a youth inmate 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.
The team at Consumer Justice Action believes that every victim of sexual abuse at Pacific Lodge group home in California 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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