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Victims of sexual abuse at active and closed juvenile hall detention facilities in California may seek justice and compensation

Victims of sexual abuse at active and closed juvenile hall detention facilities in California may seek justice and compensation

To qualify, victims must have been sexually abused at one of the following active and closed California-based juvenile hall detention facilities while under the age of 18. 

Reported active and closed camps include:

  • Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall, 16350 Filbert St, Sylmar
  • Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, Downey
  • Central Juvenile Hall, 1605 Eastlake Ave, Los Angeles

Victims only have until the end of 2022 to file a valid claim!

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Details of alleged sexual abuse at active and closed California-based juvenile hall detention facilities

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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.

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."

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. 

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 facilities

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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.

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.

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 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 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 Shield Justice Watch 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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