Three southern California police officers charged with child abuse


Via KSBY News:

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office on Friday charged three southern California police officers with multiple counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

The abuse was alleged to have occurred at the Leadership, Empowerment and Discipline (LEAD) Boot Camp held at Camp San Luis Obispo in May.

The charges against Edgar Gomez and Carlos Gomez-Marquez of the South Gate Police Department and Marissa Larios of the Huntington Park Police Department include corporal punishment causing injury to a child, cruelty to a child and battery. There are ten alleged victims, all between the ages of 12 and 16.

According to a probable cause statement filed with the court, several of the juveniles reported being locked inside what staff referred to as a “dark room” and were repeatedly punched and kicked by the officers. Other alleged victims reported being grabbed around the throat by one of the officers and being forced to sleep in a closet while handcuffed.

The three officers are scheduled to be arraigned in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Monday, September 21. They are currently out of custody.

While the alleged abuse happened at Camp San Luis Obispo, there are no local officials accused of being involved.