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Monrovia Man Sentenced for Four Years in Sexual Assault Case

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.


ronald pierce January 21, 2014 at 05:22 PM
There is a clear photograph of this creepy guy in the Altadena Patch. Everyone in Monrovia should know what this creep looks like.
Melanie C. Johnson January 21, 2014 at 05:36 PM
Had to do a search Ronald because it is not up yet today on that page, but I found it in the archives. Thanks.
rubberband January 21, 2014 at 05:36 PM
it's always horrible when someone abuses children, in any manner....somehow it seems just a bit more horrible when he was SELLING their families the idea that they'd be SAFE...gaining trust and setting up the victims..."Family 1st Growth Camp"??? There are no words for how angry this makes me. Hope he serves ALL of his time and never abuses anyone again....sadly, this is rarely the case.
Jeff January 21, 2014 at 10:27 PM
True.

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