2 arrested for allegedly beating kids at boot camp

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles County authorities have arrested two boot camp instructors for allegedly hitting three kids, ages 9 to 16, at a discipline camp.

In a release Wednesday, sheriff’s officials say 180 Recon instructors Edgar Alvarado and Ruben Romero have been arrested and await charges.

Detectives say the two are accused of continuously hitting a 9-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl. One of the girls is also alleging Alvarado inappropriately touched her.

The camp did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The camp’s website says the program uses a paramilitary structured setting to turn around the lives of troubled teens who have been involved in drugs, law-breaking or bad behavior. The camp’s training facility is in the Angeles Crest Mountains and it’s headquartered in East LA.

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