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Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Sex Assault Case at Pasadena/Altadena-Based Boot Camp for Youths

Kelvin Bernard McFarland, 43, also will have to register as a sex offender when he is released.

Kelvin Bernard McFarland, aka "Sgt. Mac," ran a bootcamp-style facility in the Pasadena/Altadena area.
Kelvin Bernard McFarland, aka "Sgt. Mac," ran a bootcamp-style facility in the Pasadena/Altadena area.

By City News Service

A man who ran a Pasadena/Altadena-based boot camp for youths was sentenced to four years and four months in state prison in connection with his no contest plea in two cases, including one involving the sexual assaults of two 14-year-old girls, the District Attorney's Office reported today.

At his sentencing Friday in Pasadena, Superior Court Judge Suzette Clover also ordered Kelvin Bernard McFarland, 43, of Monrovia, to register as a sex offender, according to the District Attorney's Office.

McFarland pleaded no contest July 1 to sexual penetration by a foreign object, oral copulation of a person under 16, committing a lewd act upon a child and unlawful sexual intercourse.

Prosecutors said the two girls were sexually assaulted in March 2004 and December 2004.

In the other case, McFarland -- known by local youths as "Sarge" -- pleaded no contest to child abuse, kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence and extortion, along with one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a badge.

According to police and prosecutors, McFarland used the badge to try and persuade the family of a 14-year-old girl to enroll her in his "Family 1st Growth Camp," threatening that she could otherwise be sent to a juvenile detention center.

Police said they believed McFarland may have extorted money from other parents in the same manner.


Steve Lamb January 23, 2014 at 07:42 PM
I just want to make sure anyone reading this does not confuse "Sarge " Mc Farland with "Sarge" Kieth Gibbs. Gibbs started a Altadena based boot camp program for youth that has been very successful. At one time he had Mc Farland as a employee, saw early signs of bad behavior and fired McFarland. Mc Farland then started a competing look alike business that has damaged Gibbs good reputation and fine program.

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