Sex assault convict identified as suspect in rapes of disabled women
Los Angeles officials seek the public's help in identifying these men.
January 7th, 2011
06:05 PM ET

Sex assault convict identified as suspect in rapes of disabled women

Investigators have identified two men shown in a video apparently sexually assaulting disabled women in a care home and other places, Los Angeles Country sheriff's detectives told CNN Friday.

One suspect is Bert Hicks, 41, who is now serving a state prison sentence in Tehachapi, California, for fiduciary crimes, abuse and sexual assault in a residential care facility, sheriff's Detective Ron Anderson said.

Hicks allegedly took a disabled woman to Las Vegas, married her and then brought her back to the care facility, where she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by other men, Anderson said.

Authorities don't know if the crimes Hicks was convicted of are the ones depicted on video, Anderson said.

Sheriff's investigators announced their investigation into the video Thursday, when they issued a public appeal for help because the video was mailed to them by an anonymous tipster.

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