2 men identified in video showing sexual assaults of disabled women
A day after releasing images of men suspected of sexually assaulting severely disabled women, Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives said they have identified two of them.
Sheriff’s detectives were contacted by the Los Angeles Police Department, whose officers recognized the two from cases at a single location in 2007 and 2009, which resulted in one conviction for a sexual assault. Their original cases also involved neglect and fiduciary crimes.
Sheriff’s and LAPD detectives will meet Friday to work on identifying the remaining suspects and victims.
The sheriff’s investigation began in March when a package was mysteriously left at sheriff’s headquarters with 100 hours of video footage showing severely disabled women, many in diapers, being sexually assaulted by anonymous men.
The attacks appeared to have taken place at residential care centers, authorities said, and most of the attackers are believed to be employees.
Although authorities were confident the scenes were shot in residential care facilities, it was unclear if they were located in Los Angeles County. Much of the footage is so grainy that only the faces of four of the estimated 10 men could be seen.
Authorities asked for the public's help Thursday in identifying the men, releasing screen shots and composite drawings of the attackers. Detectives said the women in the videos appear to be between 20 and 40 years old, some appearing almost entirely unresponsive.
The men appear to also be between 20 and 40. The footage, detectives said, appears to be a collection, with some men appearing in more than one scene.
Some of the footage was shot with a handheld camera and the remainder by a security camera, detectives said. Enhancing and analyzing the video took several months, authorities said.
-- Robert Faturechi