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Details of alleged sexual abuse at active and closed California-based juvenile hall detention facilties
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, a large number of California’s active and closed juvenile camps are accused of sexual and physical abuse of the minors by guards in their facilities.
In fact, more than 10 California juvenile probation guards have been convicted of crimes for inappropriate conduct involving current or former child probationers–including several cases of molesting or beating children in their care.
Court documents filed disclose that supervisors at these active and closed juvenile camps ignored unchecked assault, rape, and sexual harassment of child inmates by probation officers in what should have been safe environments.
"Vulnerable children often enter the system because of abuse they have suffered at home or on the streets," described one of the cases prosecuting attorneys.
“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."
News stories–plus state and county reports–outline over 20 years of criminal acts that include:
- Sexual contact between officers and minor inmates;
- Officers accused of criminal acts such as theft;
- Probation officers encouraging fights among juveniles;
- A variety of other offenses committed while on duty.
In addition to the inordinate number of accusations of sexual and physical assaults leveled by victims against their should-be protectors, there are also records of criminal charges in connection with guards’ improper use of pepper spray on child inmates.
Victims and their families are urged to come forward for a free, private case evaluation from a qualified attorney as soon as possible–eligible victims only have until December 31, 2022, to file a valid claim!
Specific cases of sexual abuse in active and closed California-based juvenile hall detention facilties
As one of the nation’s largest juvenile justice systems, Los Angeles County staffs a population of probation officers responsible for monitoring about 3,000 youths in 21 halls and camps spread out across the state.
Operating with a yearly budget of approximately $700 million, the department has recently been the focus of intensive federal investigations for failing in its duty to prevent, report, and document child abuse at its facilities.
The Los Angeles Times released information on the following specific instances of cases that were gathered through a collection of law enforcement records, court documents, and department sources.
Notable examples of sexual and physical abuse allegations in active and closed California-based juvenile hall detention facilities include:
- A female probation officer used her power to persuade five teens under her care to beat another teenager – she mistakenly believed the teen had stolen her mobile phone–she 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 male probation officer was captured on closed circuit television assaulting a youth offender in a juvenile hall recreation room – the probation officer was later convicted of battery and sentenced to 24 months’ probation.
According to the disciplined officer’s attorney, there were a variety of “extenuating circumstances” that led to the beating–he noted that his client was not properly trained to supervise violent offenders before being hired.
- A female probation officer was found to have had sexual encounters with multiple youth offenders in several locations of the detention hall where she worked – after later pleading guilty to five counts of felony sexual abuse, the guard served four years in prison.
The offending officer explained, “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 Direct Case Justice 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 – keep in mind that eligible victims only have until the end of 2022 to file a valid claim!
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