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Former juvenile probation camp counselor to be sentenced on child abuse charges

A former substitute teacher accused of inciting student violence at a Los Angeles County juvenile probation camp pleaded no contest Tuesday to six felony counts of child abuse, authorities said.

Stephen Wesley, 44, of Winnetka, allegedly matched up six students from rival gangs at Camp Karl Holton in the San Fernando Valley to fight on Aug 8, 2008, said Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Ilean Richard. The incident was recorded on video.

In addition to serving 180 days in county jail and one year of anger management counseling, Wesley will  lose his teaching credential, according to the district attorney's office.

Judge Terry Smerling set sentencing for April 15 at Pasadena Superior Court.

While a substitute teacher at the camp, Wesley taught math and science to teenage boys between the ages of 13 and 17. The camp, located in the foothills of the San Fernando Valley, has since been shut down.

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-- Nate Jackson

Photo: Stephen Wesley Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

 
Comments () | Archives (6)

I wish this "teacher" could have been sentenced, to some serious prison time. Then maybe he could end up in the same situation. What a lapse in trust and decency

maybe lacoe will now be more cognizant of what is happening in the classrooms.

By his mugshot, he doesn't seem to care much!

Boys will be boys. Fighting is nothing new. Stop crying over spilled milk.

where can i find the fight video. ha.

Kinda funny how the article states "CAMP COUNSELOR".. this Puke is not Employed by the Probation Department, he is a sub for LACOE... LATIMES is HORRIBLE! All you people reading about camps possibly closing, ... if you want rapiests and thugs running the streets and in your schools where your "precious" kids go, then close them.. I BET big $$$$$$$$$ you will be sorry when your Precious kid gets jacked for that new ipad you bought them or that car you let them borrow. THESE JUVENILES THAT ARE LOCKED UP ARE FREAKING DANGEROUS. CUTTING funding for Probation camps is a SICK thought! Wanna save money? cut the Mental HEALTH! Bring back fatigues... Time to move it out.


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