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

January 18, 2011 |  6:00 pm

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