Two instructors at a boot camp businesses in East Los Angeles have been arrested by detectives from the Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau under suspicious of hitting and beating almost a dozen minors, some as young as 12 years old.
The Sheriffs Department on Wednesday identified the suspects at Edgar Alvarado and Ruben Romero, instructors at “Recon 180” which uses a paramilitary structured program to discipline and instill leadership in teenagers.
The physical abuse is believed to have occurred between 2010 and 2012 at a training facility in the Angeles Crest Mountains, and at Recon 180, located on the 1000 block of Goodrich Boulevard.
Alvarado is also accused of inappropriately touching one of the two female victims. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged Alvarado with three felony counts of Willful Injury to a Child Causing Great Bodily Injury, one felony count of Corporal Injury to a Child, and one felony count of Sexual Battery, and Romero with three misdemeanor counts of Battery.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims, any one with information is asked to contact the LA Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-LASD(5273) or via the Department’s website at www.lasd.org.