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Disabled woman sexually assaulted on video 'very traumatized,' lives in 'extreme fear,' detectives say

The disabled woman seen on a videotape being sexually assaulted is "very traumatized" over the incident and lives in "extreme fear" that her alleged assailants will strike again, according to detectives with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Officials released details of an interview detectives had with the woman. Authorities did not release her name or the facility where the attack occurred, saying the woman wants her privacy.

"Her medical conditions have caused her to be physically defenseless; however, she was able to communicate with detectives," officials said in a statement. "Her interview Monday with sheriff's Special Victims Bureau detectives was very emotional and painful for her. Detectives described her as very traumatized. She is being provided with victim assistance."

Ernie Lloyd, 37, of Los Angeles, was arrested Saturday after he turned himself in to Los Angeles police in Hollywood in connection with the assault of an unidentified 25-year-old. The graphic video shows men having sex with women, many of whom appear to be disabled, with some in wheelchairs and wearing diapers.

But prosecutors said the tapes alone are not sufficient evidence, telling Sheriff's Department detectives that they need to provide more facts about the women's medical histories, level of disabilities and other information.

"In order to effect a filing, we would either have to prove that the victim did not consent to the sexual acts or she was unable to consent to the sexual acts," the district attorney's office wrote in a memo. "There is insufficient evidence to prove either of these theories beyond a reasonable doubt."

The Sheriff's Department did not directly comment on the district attorney's decision. But in a statement issued after prosecutors had turned back the case, sheriff's officials said they had gathered large amounts of evidence including an intensive interview with an alleged victim, who told them she was sexually assaulted at a residential care facility in Los Angeles.

The department said the woman specifically named Lloyd and a second suspect, Bert Hicks, as being among those who assaulted her, according to the statement. Hicks is already serving a state prison sentence.

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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photos: Ernie Lloyd, known to authorities as "Suspect #1," in video still at top and after being arrested Saturday. Photo credit: L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

 
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after their day in court, death please.

If ever castration were to be used as a punishment, this case appears to warrant it. This is monsterous!

It is an outrage that they will not prosecute this horrible sexual abuse.

If the women are unable to communicate whether or not they consented, then obviously they could not consent in the first place.

If you rape a woman in a coma, it is rape. If you beat someone who is in a coma, it is an assault.

If the prosecutor will not press charges, all they have to do is put this guys pic in every store in town and he won't survive the week.

Sexual assault is a terrible crime but even more so when it's committed against those who are unable to protect themselves like children and the disabled. These men should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. It's crimes like these that make me believe in castration of sex offenders.

WHAT??? A pig like Ernie Loyd forces his ugly self on an obviously disabled and defenseless woman in diapers and a wheelchair and the LASD doesn't know if it has enough evidence to charge the disgusting scumbag with a crime? Unbelievable!

Something is rotten in Denmark.

Poor woman, I'm traumatized just seeing that guy's picture!

This is just messed up...

At what point do we say "We're taking care of these physically handicapped people because they cannot take care of themselves, and there is a responsibility associated with that and it does not include criminal activity?" We as a society have a responsibility to protect those that cannot protect themselves against the taking of what's left of their dignity by those who prey on the less fortunate. Absolutely sickening that those who assaulted these people actually have rights - they don't deserve them. I'm dumbfounded that the DA's office wouldn't at least file the case. It's a crying shame....

To those who are condemning the DA for not immediately filing charges on these animals, consider this...if they rush to file charges NOW, without sufficient facts, interviews, evidence, etc., they run a very real risk of the charges being dismissed and not being able to re-file them. Would you prefer they rush, or get all their 'ducks in a row' before filing, to better insure a conviction?

This woman is my niece!! She has been so strong and trying to get some semblance of normalcy back in her life. Now this is all back in the spotlight and she is very traumatized again!!!!

Is that George Clooney... in any event execute that beast.

are perps all mentally disabled also? Remember Willowbrook!

Why don't they just interview the women being assaulted, And put these sick perverts in jail..........

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WHAT??? A pig like Ernie Loyd forces his ugly self on an obviously disabled and defenseless woman in diapers and a wheelchair and the LASD doesn't know if it has enough evidence to charge the disgusting scumbag with a crime? Unbelievable!

Something is rotten in Denmark.
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In England private barristers are called in to prosecute a case, they don't need a government lawyer, a District Attorney.
Tell the sheriff to call me, I will prosecute if the court allows it. For free.
And let the jury hear about how the woman who is paraplegia supposedly "gave consent".

The person over @ the D.A's office should be locked up for even writing the following...
{"In order to effect a filing, we would either have to prove that the victim did not consent to the sexual acts or she was unable to consent to the sexual acts," the district attorney's office wrote in a memo.}


(I can't believe this! Why is our Justice system so messed up? **sigh**)

For Lark below: Under the law a forcible rape must show either a) forced consent or b) a lack of consent. What this article says is that "video alone" does not show evidence that the woman or women involved clearly lacked the ability to consent or were forced. They need to find out if their conditions removed their ability to actively consent or not. The article merely speaks on the video itself nothing more. These guys will be charged with rape when it is all over.

Let's leave it to the professionals. They need to have a strong enough case so that a bunch of bleeding hearts don't let the guy off. If there is no conviction, double jeopardy attaches and the guy gets off scott free. No one is saying they won't prosecute, only that they're not ready yet. The investigation is on going.

Maybe Shariah Law wouldn't be too bad in this case... Just for once, can we apply it, please?

Get every single one of these predators off the streets and make sure they are labeled as such for the rest of their hateful lives. Disgraces to humanity.

What is the District Attorney thinking not being able to prosecute these PIGS?I find this so misconstrued, these men will strike, over, and over once it's too late!!! They will cause trauma to so many other women, or even children to satisfy their sexual desires. The D.A. needs to understand that this is something that needs to be taken care of and handled. Let the jury decide, if these women testify we can prove that it was not consensual intercourse. Why do these monstrous men prey on defenseless victims??? They are sick in the head let's not give them a slap on the wrist let's prosecute, and let justice decide!!! They will strike again, and then what the D.A. will just say SORRY, shoul've, could've, would've....it will be too late then!!! PROSECUTE send them to PRISON!!!

Just put the Dorks in the can with everyone. Come back the next day. No more Dorks.. Simple. Easy, And it will save the tax payers millions...

Disgusting.

Unbelievable! Sexual assault is a terrible crime, I can't believe that LAPD can't find enough evidence to charge these men for committing this crime. I can't imagine this poor, defenseless woman's trauma. How can this woman consent to such monstrosity? No way! These men should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Those poor women; hopefully the scum involved will be prosecuted.

 
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