Police: 5 victims, 3 suspects in Abilene boot camp investigation

POSTED: 2:48 PM Jan 30 2013   UPDATED: 11:33 PM Jan 11 2013
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ABILENE, Texas -

Friday, Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge spoke out about an investigation regarding an Abilene-based boot camp under investigation for allegedly assaulting children. 

The operator of Reality Invasion Boot Camp said their use of force is a way of disciplining children and a stun gun had only been used on one occasion. 

Police said after a 14-year-old called CPS and told them she had been shocked by a stun gun multiple times, they started investigating.

"She was forced to the ground, held and shocked not once, but twice," said Standridge.

Standridge said they found that five victims had been shocked with a stun gun, some multiple times, one as young as 4-years-old.

"We're investigating whether a four-year-old child was shocked on two different occasions because he was not obedient to his parent," Standridge said.

Standridge said according to the children, they were shocked for different reasons that included not doing their chores or not running fast enough.

 Standridge said the stun guns used were 24 times more powerful than the Tasers used by police officers.

CPS and the Child Advocacy Center are also involved in the case. The results of the investigation have been handed over to the District Attorney.