Youth ‘Boot Camp’ Operator Sentenced for Sex Assault, Kidnapping

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A 43-year-old former youth boot camp operator was sentenced to four years and four months in state prison after pleading no contest to charges in two separate cases that included sexual assault, child abuse and kidnapping, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.


Kelvin Bernard McFarland, 43, Booking photo from 2011.

Kelvin Bernard McFarland was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

McFarland entered his plea on July 1, 2013 to numerous sex charges as well as child abuse, kidnapping, false imprisonment, extortion, and a misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a badge in connection with the two cases.

McFarland, also known as “First Sgt. Mac,” was the operator of a Pasadena-based youth facility called McFarland’s “Family First Growth Camp.”

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that McFarland ran a facility called “Sarge’s Community Base/Commit II Achieve Boot Camp.”  In fact, the facility was named McFarland’s “Family First Growth Camp.”  The article has been updated to reflect that.