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Ex-teacher pleads to staging fights at school

January 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said a former juvenile probation camp teacher accused of staging fights between students from opposing gangs pleaded in court Tuesday. The District Attorney's Office said that Stephen Wesley, 44, of Winnetka pleaded no contest to six felony counts of child abuse.

Wesley will be sentenced on April 15 at the Pasadena Superior Court. The District Attorney's office says he is expected to be sentenced to 180 days in county jail, one year of anger management and will lose his teaching credential.

Wesley was a substitute teacher at Camp Karl Holton, a juvenile probation camp located in the foothills of the San Fernando Valley, where he taught math and science to teenage boys between the ages of 13 and 17.

On Aug. 8, 2008 the District Attorney's Office says Wesley matched up six students from rival gangs to fight and that the incident was captured on video.

Camp Holton has since shut down.