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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 stories and county reports describe:
- Probation officers encourage fights among juveniles;
- Sexual contact between officers and minor inmates;
- Officers accused of criminal acts such as theft; and,
- A variety of other offenses were committed while on duty.
Other accusations against guards include sexual assault of their child inmates, as well as allegations of 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 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 community supervision department operates on an annual budget of approximately $700 million and has been the subject of intensive federal investigations recently for failing in its responsibilities to prevent, report, and document these instances of 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 allegations of sexual and physical abuse in some of California’s active and closed juvenile camps include:
- A probation officer was convicted of having sexual intercourse with three youth inmates in various areas of the detention hall where she was employed – she later pled guilty to five counts of felony sexual abuse and was sentenced to four years in prison.
The officer revealed, “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 – he later pled guilty to battery and was sentenced to 24 months of probation.
According to the disciplined officer’s attorney, there were “extenuating circumstances” that led to the beating, noting that his client was not properly trained to supervise violent youths.”
- A probation officer ordered five teenagers under her supervision to beat another teenager in retaliation – she mistakenly thought the child inmate had stolen her mobile phone and was later sentenced to serve a year in jail.
The injured child inmate was not allowed to see a physician until the next day when another officer noticed the child’s injuries–and, the officer later found her mobile phone in the parking lot of the facility.
The Shield Legal Online 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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