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3 officers charged in alleged boot camp abuse case

Three Southern California police officers were charged Friday with several misdemeanor counts of child abuse stemming from a boot camp run by the Huntington Park and South Gate police departments, authorities said.

Two officers from the South Gate force, Edgar Yovany Gomez and Carlos Manuel Gomez-Marquez, and one officer from Huntington Park, Marissa Larios, were charged with battery and cruelty to a child by inflicting injury, according to the complaint filed by the San Luis Obispo County district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors allege the trio victimized 10 children between the ages of 12 and 16.

The alleged abuse occurred during a boot camp program run by the Huntington Park and South Gate police departments from May 17 to May 24 at Camp San Luis Obispo, prosecutors said.

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All three defendants are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

They were arrested in August and have not been in custody.

The arrests followed a two-month investigation by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department into allegations of abuse by children who had attended the weeklong boot camp, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department.

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