Videos Show Multiple Sexual Assaults, Abuse of Women with Disabilities

Jan 11, 2011
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An unidentified person turned in graphic footage of men assaulting women with disabilities to  the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department headquarters. The sick scenes came along with a note explaining how he came to have the video. He was commissioned to reformat a computer hard drive, but before he did so, he burned 100 hours of video files onto 11 DVDs.

According to the Los Angeles Times, detectives have spent several months trying to clean up and enhance grainy videos for clues. Authorities were able to capture the images of four men, but there could be as many as 10 men who carried out the assaults. There are several locations depicted on the video, but at least one appears to be a residential care facility.

Investigators released screen shots and composite drawings of the attackers and asked for the public’s help in identifying the men videotaped sexually abusing the women. Detective Ron Anderson of the special victims unit said, “It shocked the conscience. These people are truly defenseless.”

The footage was not released to the public but authorities described what they had seen. In one video, an obese man in a wheelchair is seen pushing himself into a small bedroom while wearing a diaper. His back is covered in scars and he appears to be a paraplegic resident of a care facility.

The man pulls himself onto a woman’s bed, removes both his own and her diaper, then assaults her, authorities said.

“He then hoisted himself onto the floor, scooted across the floor, out of the doorway and disappeared from the camera’s view,” Anderson said.

In another video, a man leads another suspect into a room then leaves him alone to assault a woman. The victims appear to have both both mental and physical disabilities and none gives any sort of consent. Some of the assaults occur on beds and one takes place on a collection of bean bags on the floor.

“After one horrendous assault, one of the victims was picked up and thrown back into a wheelchair,” Sgt. Dan Scott said.

Detectives are working with TV show “America’s Most Wanted.” Please help identify these twisted men. More photos (screenshots from the videos) are posted here. Authorities hope people can help identify the room and the men.

Author: Tessa