SYLMAR – A deputy probation officer who was placed in a position to keep teen inmates at the Sylmar Juvenile Hall safe has been charged with two separate assaults the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
“The probation officers charged in this case were entrusted with the safekeeping and well-being of youths while in their custody,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. “Sadly, in this instance, we believe the defendants abused their authority and broke the law.”
Deputy Probation officer Carlos Portillo, 37, was charged with two counts of assault under the color of authority. In addition to the charges against Portillo, Supervising Deputy Probation Officer Sergio Cano, 45, and Deputy Probation Officer Timothy Boundy, 42, also face charges for the same case.
Twice in 2016 Portillo was accused of assaulting a teen inmate. On February 8, 2016, Portillo and Boundy allegedly assaulted a teen after he attempted to leave his room. Again, on April 25, 2016, Portillo was videotaped hitting a teen repeatedly while Boundy held the youth on the ground and as Cano witnessed the assault. The boy suffered moderate injuries as a result of the assault. On October 8, 2016, Boundy allegedly grabbed a teen, threw him to the ground and hit him.
Boundy pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault under the color of authority. If convicted as charged, he will face up to 4 years and four months in prison.
Cano also pleaded not guilty to a single count of assault under the color of authority. Cano can face up to three years in prison if convicted.
Portillo pleaded not guilty on Monday, March 20, 2017, to two counts of assault under the color of authority and faces up to three years and eight months in prison.
The case remains under the investigation of the Los Angeles County Probation Department.
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