Cops say DNA links former Pasadena boot camp operator to other sex crimes
By André Coleman 03/07/2013
Already charged with kidnapping and extortion in relation to a 2011 incident, the Pasadena Weekly has learned that a former boot camp operator now faces additional criminal charges by two women who were teenagers at the time they claim they were raped.
In those cases, the two alleged victims, one whose complaints were apparently not pursued by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, claim they were sexually assaulted by Kelvin “Sgt. Mac” McFarland in Los Angeles in March and December 2004, when they were 14.
In relation to that case, which is set for a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Pasadena Superior Court, McFarland is charged with five felony counts of forcible rape, using a foreign object to penetrate the victims, oral copulation with a person under the age of 16, lewd acts upon a child and unlawful sexual intercourse.
If convicted on all counts, McFarland faces 15 years in prison.
If convicted of the kidnapping, extortion and child abuse charges he faces in Pasadena for allegedly handcuffing a 14-year-old girl and refusing to release her until her uncle gave him $100, McFarland is looking at another 10 years in prison.
McFarland’s attorney, Larry Forbes, did not return calls seeking comment.
According to Pasadena Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Tracey Ibarra, one of the two latest alleged victims contacted sheriff’s deputies about being raped, but no charges were ever filed against McFarland. The allegations resurfaced while detectives in Pasadena were investigating McFarland in late 2011 after a teenage girl claimed he had handcuffed her and refused to release her until her uncle gave him money. While investigating that case, Pasadena detectives became aware of the other sexual misconduct claims.
“During the investigation, [our detective] ran a query for any other contacts with law enforcement and discovered that a young lady claimed that [McFarland] sexually assaulted her,” said Ibarra. “For some reason, he was never charged in the case, and he claims he had no sexual contact with her.”
After Pasadena police contacted the Sheriff’s Department, DNA analysis was used to substantiate allegations by one of the women. Since then, another woman has come forward and has made similar allegations.