PASADENA (AP) — Prosecutors say the operator of a boot camp for troubled youth in Pasadena and Altadena has been charged with sexually assaulting two teen girls in 2004.

District attorney’s office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons says 42-year-old Kelvin Bernard McFarland pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to five felony counts. He is being held on $275,000 bail.

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McFarland has been charged in a separate criminal case stemming from allegations that he abused children at Sarge’s Community Base/Commit II Achieve Boot Camp.

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Charges in that case include kidnapping, false imprisonment and extortion. Prosecutors did not say whether the sexual assault charges were connected to the boot camp.

McFarland is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 17 in the sexual assault case.

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