Two suspects in custody in LA abuse case

14 Jan

The sexual assault story out of LA continues to evolve. The LA County Sheriff’s department is posting updates on this case. They note that the first victim has been identified. Here is part of that statement:

The first victim in the videotaped sexual assaults of persons with disabilities was located on Monday. She was found by state investigators living at a residential care facility within the County of Los Angeles. Sheriff’s detectives immediately went to the facility to interview her. The 25-year old White female (Victim #1) is currently a resident of a residential care facility in the state of California. Her medical conditions have caused her to be physically defenseless; however, she was able to communicate with detectives. The young woman confirmed to detectives that years ago she had been the victim of sexual assaults at a residential care facility in the City of Los Angeles.

This had already been identified by Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau detectives, thanks to information provided by detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department. Her interview on Monday with Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau detectives was very emotional and painful for her. Detectives described her as very traumatized. She is being provided with victim assistance. She said she feels safe at the residential care facility where she is now living. She does not want her identity or current residence known. Sheriff’s detectives will not be releasing any information about the residence where the victim is located and are asking that everyone respect her desire for privacy and to feel safe where she now lives. In the interview, she alleged that a few years ago she was sexually assaulted by Suspect Lloyd (Suspect #1) at the residence where they both previously lived as residents.

The LA Sheriff’s department is also updating the public on the status of finding the alleged perpetrators. Two have been found so far. Suspect #1 was identified and brought in to custody. Suspect #4 is already in prison.

The booking photo of Suspect #1 Ernie Lloyd has also been provided with this update. The investigation involving Suspect Lloyd is continuing, as are many other investigative leads on several cases.

Suspect #4, Bert Hicks, is serving a sentence in state prison and is due to be released in 2012. He has not been arrested by the LASD and therefore there is no booking photo for him. His case is under active investigation by the sheriff’s department and LAPD.

Here are the two in custody:

Two suspects are still outstanding:

As noted above, the booking photo of Ernie Lloyd was made public:

According to the news source which posted the booking photo:

The informant who anonymously provided the 100 hours of videos that launched a massive sexual assault investigation, reached out to Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau detectives on Sunday, January 9. He identified himself to detectives and agreed to meet face to face and discuss the case. The meeting took place for several hours on Sunday.

The informant explained to sheriff’s detectives that he had been given a desktop computer by a drug addict and asked to clean the hard drive. Without knowing what the videos were, he watched a portion of them. He was deeply disturbed by the videos and said what he saw made him sick. He immediately knew that he needed to report it to law enforcement, but feared for his safety. He decided that he would copy the videos onto eleven disks and send them anonymously to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, along with an anonymous explanation note. The informant still fears for his safety, which is why he does not want his identify to be released.

The Sheriffs are still looking for any information, especially that which could identify other suspects or the victims:

Information can be provided anonymously, by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637) or by accessing the Crime Stoppers website at www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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