Police Trying to Identify Disabled Abuse Victims
January 07, 2011
Police in California are attempting to identify disabled women and their attackers from videos depicting sexual abuse by various employees at residential care facilities.
The videos, which were dropped off in March at a Sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park, contain nearly 100 hours of footage of sexual assaults on severely disabled women by what appear to be male employees of nursing care centers. The women in the videos range from about 20 to 40 years of age.
It took investigators months to produce grainy images and composite sketches of the attackers, which were released on Thursday in the hopes of obtaining the public's help in identifying the suspects and the care facilities where the attacks took place.
The package contained a note from the person who dropped it off saying that he was hired to delete all files from the hard drive of a computer. He copied the video files before deleting the hard drive, however, and turned them over to police.
Police are hopeful that the person who delivered the package will come forward with more information that will lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects.
Investigators are also hopeful the public can help identify the residential care facilities where the attacks occurred, which will lead to identification of the victims.