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East LA-based Boot Camp Counselor To Stand Trial

 A 37-year-old man who worked as an instructor at a youth boot camp in the Angeles National Forest was ordered Monday to stand trial for allegedly abusing kids who took part in the program.

Edgar Alvarado is charged with three felony counts of child abuse and one felony count each of corporal injury to a child and sexual battery by restraint. The charges involve five alleged victims, boys and girls ranging in age from 12 to 17.

Alvarado inflicted “cruel and inhumane corporal punishment and injury, resulting in a traumatic condition” on one of the children, according to the complaint filed by the District Attorney’s Office. Another child, a girl, told investigators she was inappropriately touched by Alvarado, leading to the sexual battery charge.

Alvarado pleaded not guilty. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elaine Lu, who presided over his preliminary hearing in Pasadena, found that there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. Alvarado is due back in court on Aug. 22.