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Authorities seek identity of men on video sexually assaulting disabled women

January 6, 2011 |  3:16 pm


The package dropped off anonymously at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department headquarters came with a note: The tipster had been commissioned to scrub a computer hard drive, but before he did, he burned 100 hours of video onto the enclosed DVDs.

Their contents shocked even some of the department’s most hardened detectives. Scene after scene showed severely disabled women, many in diapers, being sexually assaulted by unidentified men.

Most of the attackers seem to be employees at one or more assisted-living centers, authorities said. One man appears to be a paraplegic patient, hoisting himself off his wheelchair before removing his diaper and his victim’s and beginning his assault.

The footage dropped off in March has left detectives with few leads. Although authorities are confident that the grisly scenes were shot in assisted-living centers, it’s unclear if the facilities are in Los Angeles County.

Much of the assault footage is so grainy that only the faces of four of the estimated eight male attackers could be made out.

Authorities asked for the public’s help Thursday in identifying the men, releasing screenshots and composite drawings of the attackers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Special Victims Bureau detectives at (866) 247-5877. Anonymous tipsters may call 800-222-TIPS.

-- Robert Faturechi in Monterey Park

Photo Credit: LA County Sheriff's Dept.