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CA - Inmates at youth facility allege sexual abuse
Officials are investigating allegations of sexual abuse at a second California Youth Authority facility, a newspaper reported
Four current and former inmates from the Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility claim that a veteran guard pressured them into performing sexual acts, rewarding them with TVs, cell phones and other contraband items.
A judge last month ruled that state law did not allow the inmates to bring a federal civil rights complaint against the Youth Authority, but he permitted them to pursue a lawsuit against James Shelby and other staffers.
The suit also claims that Shelby arranged for two inmates to receive beatings from other prisoners when they refused his demands.
Shelby has denied the allegations in court papers and is currently on paid administrative leave. The San Jose Mercury News reported that his attorney did not return telephone calls.
Last month, a former inmate reported being assaulted in 2003 and 2004 by guards at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, which houses girls.
Agency officials told the newspaper that they were taking appropriate legal action regarding the new allegations, but declined to provide details.
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