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Suspect in videos of disabled women being sexually abused is arrested in Hollywood, authorities say


Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives said late Saturday that they have arrested one man -- and located a second in state prison -- believed to be part of a group who allegedly filmed and sexually assaulted severely disabled women.

Sheriff's officials released still images and composite drawings of at least eight men suspected in attacks on 10 of the disabled women in hopes of identifying those who carried out the assaults.

Ernie Lloyd, 27, of Los Angeles was arrested Saturday after he turned himself in to Los Angeles police in Hollywood after telling them he knew he was wanted, said Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker. Lloyd is the same man described as "Suspect #1" in images released Thursday by the sheriff's department.

"On Saturday morning, suspect Lloyd arrived at the Hollywood Station of the Los Angeles Police Department, saying he had seen himself on the news and that he knew he was wanted," Parker said in a statement. " The LAPD contacted detectives with the sheriff's Special Victims Bureau.

Lloyd is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail after being arrested on suspicion of rape of a person with disabilities.

Bert Hicks of Los Angeles, who is currently serving a sentence in Tehachapi State Prison until 2012, was identified by an LAPD detective who handled a previous case in which he was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts on a dependent adult. Sheriff's officials say he is suspect #4 in the images they released last week.

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 on the women, ages 20 to 40, appeared to have taken place at residential care centers from 2007 to 2009, 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 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.

Although sheriff's officials cautioned that they are in the early stages of their investigation, Parker said they believe the assault allegedly involving Lloyd took place at a Los Angeles facility.


Video shows men sexually assaulting women

Detectives seek suspects who abused disabled women

2 men identified in video showing sexual assaults of disabled women

--Andrew Blankstein

Photo Credit: L.A. County Sheriff's Dept.

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These people, once located, need to be psychologically tested first, tried and if found guilty; incarcerated. Once they complete their sentences then they need to be psychologically reanalyzed and if they are still found deficient then they should remain in prison until they can pass their psychological evaluations.

"Dead Man Walking"....................

There's got to be a special place in Hell for people like this.

This is such a horrifying incident and it is not uncommon I would guess. What should anger all of us is that the majority of these residential care homes are contracted by the states to house these people, not just the mentally handicapped but physically handicapped and the elderly. There is no oversight and no one to care in so many of them.

Profound and severely disabled people are being thrown out of their homes at state owned developmental centers and hurriedly placed in these community facilities with minimal accountability. Save Lanterman Developmental Center.

Just waiting for the ACLU to step in and defend these losers rights to molest these helpless people....

I one of these suspect was my student..i am speechless, never in a million year i would think he would be capable of doing such a thing.i'm glad that he turned himself in..justice will be served...

Are you aware that the Department of Community Care, Department of Developmental Services, Regional Centers and numerous other county and state agencies are responsible for overseeing group homes? Have you ever visited some of the group homes; seen what they look like?

Well meaning organizations which "advocate" for citizens unwittingly seek group homes for people who need much more protection and care. Severely impaired citizens have been "liberated" from the traditional large institutions to small "mom & pop" group homes.

The agencies charged with oversight are overburdened with the numbers of homes they are required to supervise. Some of the group homes are well run. But most are run for profit and short their clients. This is obvious if grown adult men are permitted intimate contact with poor defenseless women.

Unfortunately, the large institutions and charities that have historically provided this needed care have been maligned due to some past unfortunate abuses. Also, the large institutional model is expensive. Of course, crimes can occur anywhere.

A sad byproduct of the present system is that families are pressured to cease and severe relationships with their loved ones.

If the Regional Centers try to place people in group homes far from their families how can these poor people have caring people to watch over them?

Finally, the perpetrators of these unspeakable crimes should rot forever. Bless the person who turned over the evidence to the police.

Who is supervising and protecting these defenseless disabled adult women? The state must demand all facilities to have monitoring devices in place; recording and forwarding video footage to a Social Services Department social workers to monitor their well-being. Law enforcement - please arrest the outstanding two and determine who the others were and hold them accountable for their crimes against humanity. The severely disabled have rights and we need to PROTECT them from predators. ACLU what are you going to do to ensure the SAFETY and WELL-BEING of the severely disabled women?

To nobozos.... Obviously you do not follow your own name. Ignorance just oozes from you. Do everyone a favor and post no more.

Quick and speedy justice... hang these animals by their sacks!

These "care facilities" are generally places to store human beings. The owners care about one thing: money. If they could they would steal gold fillings.

I hope they go after the owners of these places too. A little jail time would do them a world of good.

Perhaps, for the purpose of clarity, this article could provide a label such as "in custody" adjacent to the individuals' illustrations who are not at large, as they are identified in the story. That way, no doubt would exist as to which individuals the public should be attuned to identifying. I would particularly appreciate such clarity in this article with illustrations.

Dear Los Angeles Times, I don't know if you read these comments but if you do I have a question. What icon do I click online in order to get an alert in my e-mail box about updates on a specific story. At the bottom of this story I see the "read later" icon, the "comments" icon, the "retweet" icon , and the Facebook "Like" icon. I don't see an icon that reads "get updates" or "get alerts". I would like to see an icon like that. When I clicked the icon I would like to be able to enter my e-mail address of cell phone number where I would receive alerts with links to future stories about this topic or updates to the current story. Maybe LATimes.com has this feature already. If you do, could you please let me know where to locate it and how to use it.

Good! Sick Sick folks! Why haven't the authorities names the Care Facilities??!! Don't they finger print employees at care facilities? Do background checks?


Studies show up to 83% of women and a third of men with developmental disabilities have been victims of sexual assault. Everything must be
done to first end this nightmare for these victims immediately. Then
get the perpetrators, then the mandated reporters who didn't report, shut down any provider found at fault, and tell the world there is no
tolerance for these acts against our most vulnerable. All advocates
and regional centers for people with developmental disabilities must demand that these crimes be prosecuted (many aren't when involving people with developmental disabilities) and there should be a serious investigation of hate crime bias. We will not rest until all the victims are found and all the perpetrators are taken to trial. The Arc of California, advocates for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

I'm a parent of an disabled adult women. We have just received notification of cutbacks in our group home care staff. The above headlines are only the beginning of an epidemic of abuse that will spread throughout our state and nation. With cutbacks come the hiring of unlicensed care. We can be sure with the elimination of the Regional Centers and all inspections and screenings these crimes will be on the rise. The irony of all this is the criminals charged with these horrific crimes will receive better care in prison then our disabled citizens and elderly. This is an American Tragedy.
Wake Up America...
Christina Anthony


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