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Best Mugshot Stemming From Being Charged For Arranging Fight Club For Kids – Ever

I suppose the sample size consisting of mugshots satisfying the above condition might be quite limited, but check that out, man. “Keep smilin’, keep shinin’, knowing you can always count on me, for sure, that’s what fight clubs are for…”

Master Rick Chandler, my esteemed colleague over at Out of Bounds, came across this hilariously awful mugshot last week and I have been meaning to get to it, but I haven’t been able to until now. And I am sure you will agree, was well worth the wait.

Photographed above is permagrinnin’ Stephen Wesley, 43, who was arrested last week in connection with allegations that he arranged five Fight Club-style melees between members of rival Los Angeles gangs while he was a teacher at a probation camp for troubled youth. The fights were recorded on a security camera, so it’s safe to say this guy is in a wee bit of trouble. And despite his sunny disposition after his arrest, Wesley has been charged with six counts of child endangerment.

“This individual was supposed to create a safe environment for probationers and he was allowing them to engage in overt violent acts,” Whitmore said. “He not only allowed the fights to take place, he set the ground rules.”

Wesley’s arrest stems from actions that Whitmore said were recorded Aug. 8, 2008, at Camp Karl Holton in San Fernando, one of 21 juvenile probation camps and halls.

Whitmore said Wesley can be seen and heard on the security footage organizing five bouts between rival gang members in response to an argument that began that morning between two students over gangs.

Wesley told students where and how long to fight, and instructed them to avoid blows to the face that would leave signs of injuries, Whitmore said.

“Not the face! Not the face!” Come on, Wesley. What kind of rinky-dink, candy-ass fight club were you running, dude?

Nevertheless, I cannot get over that smile. You can question the moral and ethical integrity of Stephen Wesley, but you cannot disregard his inner joy. No one can take that away from him. Never suffering the indignity of getting gang-raped in a prison laundry room, however, is another matter entirely.

Teacher arrested for running student ‘fight club’ leaves amusing mug shot [Out of Bounds]
Former probation camp teacher held in fight probe [Los Angeles Times]