Police Hunt At Least 8 Men For Raping Severely Disabled Women

(UPDATE (01/07/2011) Authorities say one of the men suspected of sexually assaulting one or more severely disabled women captured on video is already serving a sentence for sexual assault.

LOS ANGELES (CBS)  — Sheriff’s investigators are on the hunt for a group of men suspected of sexually assaulting at least 10 severely disabled women.

A computer hard drive obtained from an anonymous source contained more than 100 hours of video footage showing at least 10 women being sexually assaulted by at least eight men, said Sgt. Darren Harris of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

It’s not known where and when the attacks took place, but Harris said there were at least several locations and at least one was a residential care facility.

“All of the victims appear to be severely disabled,” Harris said.

“The extremely disturbing videos are not being released to the public, but photos from portions of the video are being released in an effort to identify some of the suspects.”

Images of the victims will not be released, he said.

“Detectives from the Special Victims Bureau are concerned that these sexual assaults might still be occurring,” Sgt. Dan Scott said. “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department welcomes information that can lead to stopping these criminals.”

Sgt. Dan Scott said some of the attacks depicted on the computer drive — which was obtained by sheriff’s detectives last March — involved forcible attacks carried out with no consent from disabled victims. He described one attack that appeared to have been carried out by an attacker who was a paraplegic in some type of hospital or care facility.

“When he wheeled himself the room, he used his arms to hoist himself onto the bed,” Scott said. “He removed his diaper. He removed the diaper of the victim. He engaged her in sexual activity, sexual assault. He then hoisted himself onto the floor, scooted across the floor, out the doorway and disappeared from the camera’s view.”

Anyone with information about the assaults was asked to contact the Special Victims Bureau at (866) 247-5877. Sheriff’s officials said they would also like to talk to the person who dropped off the footage, insisting the person can remain anonymous.

“This was really shocking because we’re supposed to defend the defenseless,” Detective Ron Anderson said. “And these people are truly defenseless. They cannot fight off an attacker. They don’t have the ability to consent to this kind of activity.”

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  • Matt

    Any prison sentence is a death sentence for these guys. I hope they’re all caught

  • swhit

    And, people want us to give up our guns………….

    • Hojo

      If only criminals have guns and concealed carry ability then they become the strong ones and law abiding citizens become the weak “disabled” people and criminals will treat law abiding citizens the way they have treated these disabled women or as history has shown us…worse.

      • BearBear

        Looks like law-abiding, gun-concealing citizens really helped out in that Arizona shooting the other day. Everyone always uses the “defense” excuse to argue for gun rights. Where are these people when the rest of us need defense from all of you? They paint a picture like they’ll all fly in like superman and shoot down the bad guys just as long as they can carry their weapons in public. Meanwhile, all this does is allow things like yesterday’s shooting to occur–legally.

    • TJ

      Well if your severely disabled you cant use a gun idiot. I can do that too. Man and they want us to pay our taxes………

      • Rob Cypher

        You guys are really arguing that mentally handicapped people should have weapons? You want to try that one again?

      • Jordan

        How dumb, you think disabled people cannot pull a trigger? This story has an example of a paraplegic raping someone and you don’t think they can pull a trigger?

        Please don’t reproduce-

      • Atom&Yves

        TJ, you’re an f-ing moron. If you can’t see the sheer and utter ignorance of your comment, don’t expect anyone to explain it to you. You’re obviously too damned stupid to understand.

  • Ms.

    This is why there’s already debate about separating female and male residents in these care facilities. There are already media-covered reports that staff members prefer to keep men and women together because that way the female residents bear the brunt of aggressive behavior rather than the staff.

  • deedee

    This is just Disgusting!

  • Heather

    terrifying and sad. I have a child with severe disabilities and this is why she will never never be in a facility. I will do all I can to prevent this.

    • jes2

      Really, Heather?

      Let’s see what Obamacare has to say about placing your child in a facility.

    • Mora

      I too have a child with a disability who will never go to one of t hese places.. How disgusting!

  • pdxlee

    The cops have had the HD since last March? and they are still no where close to arresting anyone? and they ae just now releasing pics of the attackers?

    No wonder you have such high crime rates in LA

  • Hank Warren

    Useless, untrained health care workers, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    • jerry

      Good for you, Hank ! Pack your bags & move to Australia.

    • TWC

      “Useless” and “untrained” is about the nicest things you can say about these degenerates. Horrifying.

  • Count Yob

    The wheels of justice are turning way too slowly. The cops have had this video evidence since last March and they’re just now getting around to alerting the public. Meanwhile, these degenerate criminals are still at large, free to commit more sexual attacks on their defenseless victims.

    • Mora

      What about the perp in the article. the paraplegic? What did they do with him? Did they arrest him?

      • disgusted

        good question! He couldn’t have gotten very far! the police don’t know who the paraplegic is? And they have had the videos since March? And who was taking these videos in the first place? It seems a bit fishy to me.

  • Luna

    According to the news report video, it took a YEAR for these incidents to be investigated? How many more times did this occur and how many new victims did these predators get their jollies off on?! I think that is an injustice in itself.

  • Steevo

    aswhit, Amen to that!

  • sjh

    This disgusts me on so many levels. My wife, who passed away last May, had Multiple Sclerosis and would have been unable to defend herself if attacked. I was her caregiver for years and never even considered putting her in one of these facilities. I hope they catch these low-life maggots, castrate them, then exterminate them for the vermin they are. Better yet, put them in the general prison population and let the inmates take care of it.

    • TrishT

      Bless you for caring for your wife! I have a disabled child and cannot imagiine having putting him in a facility. I would rather downsize and sell everything but the bare essentials rather than put him on one of those places. Unfortunately I know a couple who is unable to care for their little girl @ home due to her severe medical needs. I know her mother worries about her every hour of every day. They are unable to afford a full time @ home care nurse (since she needs 24hr monitoring). My heart goes out to loved ones in my friend’s position because although her daughter is a child, what will happen to her when *she* gets to be a young adult?

  • MBC

    So now, Lluna and Count Yob, you are blaming the police department? You have no information regarding the police investigation and the extent of it. Police officers would be outraged at such violations and would proceed to investigate in the best way possible and sometimes that is undercover. They want these men caught.

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  • Bill White

    Ahhh Diversity…

  • Steve Smith

    They were all Black and Mexican men, HIV positive no doubt. Go figure.

  • Buzz

    Why no discriptions of the perps

    • Ventura_Guy

      The perps are Obombers people and illegal’s from south of the border so they have got to be given their civil rights and free stuff from the government.

      God bless America

  • jerry

    Probably a bunch of angry white men…NOT !

  • samdoc

    These guys sound like animals, what race are they, my guess is black since no race was mentioned.

    • Shalom

      Whatever race they are, “Human” isn’t it.

  • TR Bender

    Maybe law abiding citizens can inform the mayor ‘Tony-V’ and the Police Chief that these assaults fall in the category of “VIOLENT CRIME” .

  • CC

    My 4 year-old daughter is physically and mentally disabled. I want to vomit after reading this. Who are these people? It is perverse depravity and it is why I will do all I can to keep her out of a facility. But everyday I think about what will happen when my husband and I are no longer around to take care of her.

  • Cindy

    Why the anger? You folks who live in California just re-elected the same people who put these types on your streets and tell you to be nice and embrace them as family, They probably had bad childhoods, you know, single parent homes, no daddy, welfare, you should be feeling sorry for them and offer your homes open to them. You voted for Obama, Pelosi, Boxer, Brown, It was clear what they offered – and you checked the box “Yes – please”. You really need to learn to get along with people who are not like you – that’s the Liberal mantra. Live with it.

    • sasquatch of the North

      Well put my friend

    • Boetica

      Unbelievable, isn’t it? California is $25 billion in debt and still gives welfare to the elderly relatives of wealthy immigrants, and has no welfare restrictions on illegal aliens who have children here, i.e. they are absolved of the time limitations on welfare use. Those of us who still work and teach our children better values than this are called racists – for insisting that people obey the law and take some personal responsibility!

  • Gabriel

    Lord, all I ask is 5 minutes alone in a room with these Monsters…just 5 minutes and I promise they will never hurt anyone again.

  • Release the victims photos

    I believe that the police should release photos of the VICTIMS.
    The reason being, that family or friends will recognize them, and will be able to tell the police the name of the facility that this crime happened in!

    My mom was in a long term care facility…I would recognize her long before there is even a chance that I would recognize the perps!!!!!

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