PASADENA (AP) — A former substitute teacher at a Los Angeles juvenile probation camp has been sentenced to six months in jail for staging fights between teenage boys.

Stephen Wesley also was sentenced Friday to three years of probation and anger management counseling in Pasadena Superior Court. He also will lose his teaching credential.

The 44-year-old was a math and science teacher for teenage boys at Camp Karl Holton in the San Fernando Valley. Prosecutors say he matched up six students from rival gangs to fight in August 2008 and the incident was captured on video.

Wesley pleaded no contest in January to six felony counts of child abuse.

Wesley was immediately removed from the classroom, then voluntarily resigned. The camp has since been shut down.

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Comments (9)
  1. Robby Logan says:

    See what happens when a teacher goes out of his way to try and help children?
    No wonder the good ones quit.

  2. Marco says:

    Sad but true. Bet the kids thought he was one of the “coolest” teachers. Oh well….

    1. james wood says:

      he had it comming good job

  3. Jeneice Aid says:

    funny.. i actually served my short term camp sentence at this particular facility 17 years ago. it was common practice for most to test the waters w/ subs. i personally witnessed the a potential sexual assault on a female sub. a jacket was thrown over her and she was tackled to the ground (in the classroom). the majority of us were already outside within the first 5 seconds of this incident. staff rushed in, took the offenders to the box, where they stayed indefinitely. word got around an extra 15 years was tacked onto their short sentence (a year atmost in camp). one of the offenders was (keyword, lol) even scheduled for release in 2 weeks.

  4. It Starts With US says:

    How do our kids possibly have a chance in this world when the adults are worse than they are?!

  5. Jeff says:

    We need to bring back gladiator sports. We’d get death row inmates, or inmates with violent sexual crimes, and have them fight each other to the death. It would be the new March Madness, tournament style. We could also put them in arenas and battle tigers, bears, lions etc. I’d pay to see a criminal try to fight a vicious animal. What’s wrong with people? Why isn’t this the way things are? Let’s bring back Gladiator sports. Put it on the ballot!!

  6. Tyler says:

    Stephen, you forgot the first rule of fight club

  7. alan hart says:

    He forgot the first rule of fight club!

  8. Jon says:

    I was at this facility in 1974-5. Glad it’s closed.

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