The Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — The man directing the disciplinary boot camp for youths where a 14-year-old died has an arrest record for domestic violence and may have faked part of his resume.
The Arizona Republic reported on Wednesday that Charles Long, the Americas Buffalo Soldiers camp operator, was investigated last year for alleged child abuse at a similar camp he ran on the Fort Apache Reservation in Whiteriver.
In July 2000, some youths in Longs program claimed they had been kicked, choked and subjected to other cruelty by drill instructors. Tribal officials imposed stricter standards, and Long moved the camp.
Ed Hall, a spokesman for the FBI, told the Republic his agency forwarded results of its investigation to the U.S. Attorneys Office, which declined to pursue the case. The Justice Department also declined to pursue possible civil rights violations, the newspaper said.
Meanwhile, Long took his attorneys advise and failed to show up for a scheduled meeting with parents of other youths who were part of the current camp. Tuesdays meeting was to have been held in a National Guard facility in east Phoenix, where military and civilian police kept reporters away.
Police records show that in 1989, Long was arrested after using a sledgehammer to break down the door of a residence occupied by his ex-girlfriend, the Republic said.
The newspaper said Long was arrested again in 1991 for punching the woman during a dispute over their 3-year-old son. Cord records say she told police Long abused her and their child previously. He was fined and put on probation, the Republic said.
In 1992 resumes, the newspaper said, Long claimed a political science degree from Wilberforce University in Ohio and claimed to be a former director of the National Academy of Broadcasting. A university spokeswoman said Long never earned a degree, and a letter from the academy said there is no record of his employment, the Republic said.
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