Los Angeles, CA – After dozens more men and women stepped forward, alleging they’d also been victimized by the Los Angeles County probation system, ACTS Law’s Doug Rochen filed an additional lawsuit on behalf of roughly 75 more individuals.
Like the first lawsuit, filed in December of 2022, the complaint alleges systemic failure by the County of Los Angeles to protect vulnerable minors in the juvenile detention system. These alleged acts of sexual deviance and criminal behavior were directed toward minors who were completely under the control of sworn peace officers.
Many of these individuals (all minors at the time of the abuse) who attempted to complain were ignored by those in authority. The abusers used their positions of trust and authority, and under color of authority, to repeatedly sexually abuse juvenile minor inmates in their custody, care and control. This behavior included sexual acts ranging from skin-to-skin groping, manual and oral copulation, digital penetration and even anal penetration.
“After we filed our first lawsuit on behalf of almost 600 people, many more came forward,” said ACTS Law partner Doug Rochen. “Now, our firm represents more than 350 people who allege truly disturbing behavior. While we cannot build a time machine and erase the abuse, we can help each one of these people have a voice and get the justice they deserve.”
The firm also announced more individuals are coming forward every day, as the widespread nature of this criminal behavior is becoming more apparent. Anyone who has experienced abuse in the probation department should contact the firm at (833) 228-7529.
The lawsuit is John DL-2 Roe et al. v. County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. 23STCV13438.
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Publications have reported on the lawsuit including the Los Angeles Daily News.