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Jail inmate beaten after request to be removed from general population was denied, ACLU says

A caregiver convicted in April of torture and elder abuse at an upscale retirement home was brutally beaten by other inmates in County Jail on two occasions despite requesting to be removed from general population housing, according to a sworn statement he made to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Cesar Ulloa, 22, said his crimes made him a target: The Reseda man often laughed as he viciously attacked residents at Silverado Senior Living, several of whom were too dementia-ridden to call for help, prosecutors alleged.

In one case, a fellow caregiver said she saw Ulloa jump on a mute 78-year-old woman's chest, body-slamming her into a bed when she struggled.

According to Ulloa's statement released Thursday, he was in general population housing at Pitchess Detention Center in April when another inmate brought a copy of The Times, which previewed Ulloa's case and featured photo, into his dorm. Other inmates, according to his statement, beat him so badly he suffered a broken eye socket and brain damage.

When his verdict was read that month, the boyish former caregiver was nursing a black eye, and said he'd been attacked.

According to his statement, he asked to be held in protective custody after he recovered, but was mocked. His request was denied.

"The other inmates [at Twin Towers Correctional Facility] ... knew about my case and beat me up the same day," his ACLU statement reads. "I was knocked unconscious and woke up the next morning in a pool of my blood."

High-profile inmates and inmates charged with taboo crimes like child molestation are usually separated from the general population in county jails. A Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman could not immediately verify Ulloa's statement.

The details were revealed in a report released by the ACLU on Thursday morning blasting the conditions at county jails, particularly Men's Central.

"One of their paramount duties is to take all reasonable steps to keep people in their custody safe, no matter what they think of them," said ACLU attorney Peter Eliasberg. "To decline a request like [Ulloa's] is shocking, especially since he had once been beaten up."

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore could not comment on Ulloa specifically, but said inmate safety is a primary concern for jail deputies.

"There are several layers of oversight," Whitmore said. "You just cannot get away with the rampant violence the ACLU claims."

Ulloa is currently serving a life sentence. His abuses were particularly shocking because the Calabasas facilities where he was a low-level employee are about as close to a four-star hotel as retirement homes get, with relatives shelling out upward of $70,000 a year to house their loved ones. One employee said she saw Ulloa leap off a dresser and land with both knees on an elderly man's abdomen. He was also accused of using one wheelchair-using resident's arm to hit another resident suffering from dementia, encouraging the two to fight.

-- Robert Faturechi

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It's called Karma. Ulloa's victims were defenseless and now he knows exactly how they felt while he abused them. No sympathy for Ulloa.

Does anyone really care that this guy got beaten up, after the things he did to helpless old people?

A taste of his own cruelty should be considered an apt punishment.

Jail /Prison isn't a place for the well behaved, it a place for criminals...All who commit a crime should be punished for it...Maybe one should think twice before they commit a crime!

You reap what you sow.

Now Ulloa may understand the life of pain and fear his victims endured.

I have a suggestion for the ACLU before they take on this case: Why don't you ask this criminal's victims how they feel about him being beaten in prison.

When is the law going to stop protecting criminals and start to stand up for victims?

Gee, it sucks when karma comes around and kicks you in the butt, doesn't it?

what goes around comes back around


Seems fair to me, he beat and abused helpless elderly people. Now he is on the receiving end of it. Eye for an eye. Now he knows how it feels. Leave him in general population


Wow, can't believe this actually made the news. Glad to see him go. The families of the abused can now rest assured that justice was served. If only this would happen to every child abuser. Why would we ever humor scum by protecting them? Such a twisted system.

An eye for an eye, he deserves whatever happens to him. I have no sympathy for him.

Am I suppose to be feel sorry for him? HECK NO! He sooooo deserves it.

So? Ulloa's getting back what he dished out. I usually have no use for sheriff's deputies, but in this case all I gotta say is this "If ya can't do the time don't do the crime."

Finally, justice being handed out as it should be handed out.

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time Ulloa..........say hello to our little friend: KARMA!!!!

Could we get these guys to be placed next to John Gardner's cell? I'll send them my copy of the LA Times with the plea deal and a photo of Gardner. What ya think?

He deserved it. No sympathy. Go cry to the ACLU - the rest of us call it karma.

Too bad! Prison is set aside for dangerous people to prevent them from harming others and hopefully rehabilitating them in the process. Given the unique population of people in prison, significantly violent, the chances for this are high. Sorry his horrendous crimes made him vulnerable for a bully beat down, but it was his own doing. No sense in blaming others for the situation you put yourself in.

Perhaps this is the part of the rehab process so that when he gets out, he will have learned a sense of compassion.

Eye for an eye.................. Karma
I don't feel sorry for him at all it could have been my mom,sister or grandmother.

Sounds like he got what he deserved..."eye for an eye."

He's lucky they hasn't caught a case of LEAD poisoning...

Does anyone remember the McMartin preschool prosecution.

Didn't the accusations and testimony against the defendants provoke public outrage and feelings of "let them all rot in jail and burn in hell".

The general public wouldn't have blinked an eye had the defendants been dragged out by a mob and strung-up.

Those extreme gut emotions were aroused not by evidence of any lasting physical damage caused anyone by actions of the defendants - but rather by lurid testimony of symbolicaly charged activities done to defenseless children.

Yet it turned out that the incidents which demonized the McMartin defendants never occurred.

Yes, it is shocking that the convicted man Carlos Ulloa was able to do these things to defenseless, senile elderly people in a high-class facility.

What is equally as shocking is that he has recieved a life sentence based not on any proven physical damage to anyone, yet on lurid and symbolically charged testimony of incidents.

Incidents which - when one turns down the sensation, hyperbole machine -
turn out to be incredibly unlikely and improbable to have occurred.

In addition, the judge in Mr. Ulloa's case has made statements at sentencing
which I believe demonstrate his total bias.

In fact, the judges statements sound to me like he is on cocaine and going to strip clubs when not in session.

Since he no longer deliberates his rulings - he simply gives the mob what it wants in order to keep getting his paycheck.

I say that Mr. Ulloa is McMartin Preschool, except that he is all alone.

Something has been going on at that four-star retirement home.

Everyone's attention was diverted to a sensationalized witch hunt against
this poor kid.

Carlos Ulloa is just a kid.

What we have allowed the courts and the judge and the accusers to do to him-
is an absolute and monstrous travesty.

I challenge anyone to review his trial and tell me otherwise.

ha ha, thats what he deserves for his crime he commited to those defenseless elderly people. its only gonna get worse for him. this was just the begining, soon he's gonna be someones lady in prison. these guys in line for some big time payback by prisoners. even being placed in protective custody is not going to help him, they prisoners will some how manage to get him. like everyone in here says karma can be a mother.

Don't you just love the ACLU? What a bunch of creeps.

I have to admit I was somewhat amused to learn of the welcoming festivities poor Mr. Ulloa's new community bestowed on him. It is quite ironic to hear how victimized he feels. He seems a little narcissistic.

I do, however, believe that the current state of penal institutions, and the penal system in general, is barbaric and, worst of all, not making any progress at eliminating crime. I also think that the ACLU does a good job in defending the Constitution of the United States of America.

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