Second disabled woman is identified in abuse video
Authorities said they have located a second victim shown on a gruesome video showing disabled women being sexually abused by men.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said Friday that they served search warrants at three residences as part of the ongoing investigation.
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 woman shown in the video.
The video, given to sheriff's deputies by an anonymous source, 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 serving a state prison sentence.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Ernie Lloyd, 37, of Los Angeles. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department