Former Commerce Boot Camp Instructor Pleads No Contest to Child Abuse

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A former boot camp instructor in Commerce was sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail for child abuse, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.


Edgar Alvarado, 38, pleaded no contest to a felony count of child abuse on April 21, 2014. (Credit: LASD)

Edgar Alvarado, 38, was the owner of “Recon 180,” a boot camp that claimed to help troubled youths, L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Brook White said.

After entering “Recon 180” multiple teenagers were hospitalized over a three-year period because they were physically overloaded and experienced exhaustion, a DA news release stated.

“This was abuse, and these children were seriously injured and this type of stuff needs to stop,” L.A. Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau Sgt. Dan Scott told KTLA in 2013.

Many youths said they were punched, slapped and stomped at the camp, according to the prosecutor.

The facility did not have any medical supervision and injuries would go untreated, the prosecutor said.

Alvarado pleaded no contest to a felony count of child abuse and was immediately sentenced to 60 days in county jail, four years of felony probation and 30 days of community labor by Superior Court Judge Suzette Clover, the release stated.

He would not be allowed to counsel, train or care for minors, whether the efforts were for pay or not.

Alvarado was arrested on March 13, 2013, for continuously hitting and beating nine boys and two girls who were between 12 and 17 years old, a L.A. Sheriff’s Department news release said at the time.

Three felony counts of willful injury to a child causing great bodily harm, one felony count of corporal injury to a child, and one count of sexual battery were filed by the DA’s office against Alvarado at the time.

The “Recon 180” headquarters was in the 1000 block of Goodrich Boulevard (map) between 2010 and 2012, the release stated.