Three police officers charged with misdemeanor child abuse


October 2, 2015

SOUTH GATE — Three police officers who ran a “tough love” boot camp for troubled teens near San Luis Obispo have been formally charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

The San Luis Obispo district attorney announced the alleged crimes Sept. 18.

South Gate officers Edgar Yovany Gomez and Carlos Manuel Gomez-Marquez, and Huntington Park officer Marissa Larios face counts of battery, and cruelty to a child by inflicting injury, prosecutors said.

Teens came forward last summer to say they had been abused at the camp, run by the officers at a Califoornia National Guard post, 140 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Ten children between the ages of 12 to 16 were subjected to abuse at the camp, which ran from May 17 to May 24 at Camp San Luis Obispo.

Sheriff’s investigators in San Luis Obispo investigated the case for two months. The officers were arrested in August but not charged until mid-September, the prosecutors said.

 

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