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Jan072011

Police Hunt Suspects Who Assaulted Disabled Women on Tape

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Describing the evidence as some of the most "disturbing" images they've ever seen, Los Angeles cops are asking for help in identifying the men seen in more than 100 hours of videotape sexually assaulting severely disabled women, many of whom just "lay there" as they were attacked.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Special Victims Bureau is looking for at least four men in the brutal attacks on as many as 10 disabled women, many of whom appear to be patients at residential care facilities.

According to Sgt. Daniel Scott, a package of 11 DVDs with more than 100 hours of video on them was left anonymously at the sheriff's office in March. Det. Ron Anderson, charged with viewing the material, quickly found that the material was like nothing he'd ever seen before.

"What he found was one of the most disturbing sets of images he's ever encountered in his long career," said Scott at a press conference late Thursday. "We have multiple suspects assaulting multiple adult female victims between the ages of 20 and 40."

"These victims are severely disabled and many of them appear unable to move and most of them are wearing diapers," said Scott.

A note left with the package said the person had been asked by a "black male in Los Angeles" to clean the hard drive of a computer. While doing the job, the individual found the disturbing images and made copies of them on DVDs, which he then left with authorities, Scott said.

Asked why it took authorities nearly a year to come forward with the case, Scott said that the tapes, which were delivered in March 2010, needed to be enhanced because of their poor quality. 

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