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CIR’s California Watch again named finalist for Pulitzer Prize

Broken Shield investigation that exposed patient abuse at state developmental centers a top contender for journalism's highest honor.

Photo by Nadia Borowski Scott Larry Ingraham's mantle includes mementos of his brother, Van Ingraham, including an old family photograph with a young Van playing with Larry, a 1999 Polaroid of Van and a ceramic angel.

For the second year in a row, the Center for Investigative Reporting’s California Watch today was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize – this time for uncovering systemic failures in protecting residents at the state’s developmental centers.

The California Watch series Broken Shield was a finalist in the public service category. The award went to the South Florida Sun Sentinel for its story on speeding police officers.

“This series truly gave a voice to the voiceless and held the government accountable,” said CIR’s Executive Director Robert J. Rosenthal. “The results of the series have been extraordinary. Being recognized as a finalist is a terrific achievement. We are very proud of the newsroom.”


Added Editorial Director Mark Katches: “Our main objective for telling these stories is to draw attention to a problem – and that attention has already produced significant results for the residents of the state’s developmental centers.”

The series – which had already won the George Polk Award, top honors from the Online News Association and two awards from Investigative Reporters & Editors –  has prompted far-reaching change, including a criminal investigation, staff retraining and new laws. 

Reporter Ryan Gabrielson’s 18-month investigation about the Office of Protective Services snowballed over the course of 2012 – resulting in five major installments from February to November. The police force was set up specifically to protect the developmentally disabled living in the state’s five remaining board-and-care centers. But Gabrielson found that the department’s officers and detectives often fail to secure crime scenes and routinely delay interviews with key witnesses and suspects – leading to an alarming inability to solve crimes. 

Gabrielson detailed that dozens of women were sexually assaulted inside state centers, but police investigators didn’t order “rape kits” to collect evidence, a standard law enforcement tool. Police waited so long to investigate one sexual assault that the staff janitor accused of rape fled the country. The police force’s inaction also allowed abusive caregivers to continue molesting patients – even after the department had evidence that could have stopped future assaults.

In one egregious physical abuse case, a caregiver was suspected of using a Taser to inflict burns on a dozen patients. Yet the internal police force waited at least nine days to interview the caregiver, who was never arrested or charged with abuse.   

In addition to Gabrielson, several staff members in the newsroom contributed to the project – most notably Agustin Armendariz, who provided data analysis; Carrie Ching, who produced two videos for the series; Monica Lam who produced a broadcast video distributed to TV partners; and Robert Salladay, who edited the project along with Katches.

Last year, California Watch was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the local reporting category for its series On Shaky Ground, about faulty seismic safety oversight at K-12 schools.


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Lawmakers mull next steps for developmental centers

SACRAMENTO – State lawmakers weighed today whether to appoint an inspector general to oversee state centers for the developmentally disabled and close a center in Sonoma where patients suffered the worst instances of abuse, neglect and sexual assaults.

During a daylong hearing, members of a Senate budget subcommittee on health and human services heard testimony from state officials and advocates for the developmentally disabled but did not indicate what action they might take.

The proposal to create an inspector general met with opposition from the Department of Developmental Services, which objected to its cost. The idea also found little support among advocates and family members of the disabled, who say the state-run centers should be shut down.

The influential state Legislative Analyst’s Office recommended in its budget analysis that the Legislature create an independent Office of Inspector General to oversee the five developmental centers at a cost of $500,000 to $1 million. The inspector general would have the authority to review patient complaints, conduct audits, investigate allegations of wrongdoing and help prosecute individuals who threaten patients or staff.

Shawn Martin, representing the Legislative Analyst's Office, testified that a new layer of oversight is needed because having the Department of Developmental Services responsible for its own facilities hasn't worked.


“They have to be independent in order to be effective,” Martin said.


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Independent oversight proposed for developmental centers

The state’s influential legislative analyst is recommending that the California Legislature create an independent Office of Inspector General to monitor state developmental centers where police failed to properly investigate patient deaths, abuse, sexual assault and neglect.

The proposal from the Legislative Analyst’s Office comes in response to an 18-month investigation by California Watch into rapes and other instances of patient abuse at the Sonoma Developmental Center and four other board-and-care centers around the state.

“Given the vulnerable nature of the population served by the Developmental Centers, and the ongoing nature of the health and safety problems that have plagued the Developmental Centers for more than a decade, we believe such additional oversight in the form of an Office of Inspector General is warranted,” the analyst’s office said in its budget analysis for the coming fiscal year.


A Senate budget subcommittee on health and human services is scheduled to discuss the proposal Thursday.

In its investigation, California Watch found 36 cases of alleged rape and molestation at the centers, which house more than 1,600 patients with severe disabilities. The investigation also uncovered allegations that a state worker used a Taser to inflict burns on a dozen patients at the Sonoma Developmental Center.

The Office of Protective Services, the internal police force assigned to protect residents of the state facilities, routinely mishandled cases by failing to collect evidence, waiting too long to interview witnesses or suspects, and not ordering rape kits in cases of alleged sexual assault.


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Join our discussion on Pomona's developmental center

California Watch invites you to share your insights and experiences regarding the Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona. On April 3, reporter Ryan Gabrielson, who has covered the state’s developmental centers in his series Broken Shield, will participate in a discussion on topics ranging from the closure of the Lanterman Developmental Center to soaring overtime pay for the centers' police force.

What does this development mean for the city of Pomona, the developmental center and its patients, and the people who live in surrounding communities?

We invite stakeholders to discuss this and other questions. The conversation will be moderated by Joaquin Alvarado, chief strategy officer for the Center for Investigative Reporting, the parent organization of California Watch. Gabrielson will discuss his investigative findings and answer questions.


When: April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: UC Riverside Extension campus, Conference Room A

1200 University Ave., Riverside

$5 parking on-site

RSVP: This event is free to the public, but registration is required: http://lantermandc.eventbrite.com.


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New director to take over troubled Sonoma disability center

A former employee of the Sonoma Developmental Center has been tapped to head California’s largest full-time care facility for the severely disabled, at a time when the institution is struggling to reinvent itself in the wake of patient abuse scandals.

The Department of Developmental Services announced Wednesday that Karen Faria, who worked at the Sonoma Developmental Center from 1985 to 2005, will become the embattled facility's latest executive director starting April 1.

The appointment comes in the wake of a California Watch series that uncovered serious allegations of patient abuse at the Sonoma Developmental Center. The reported abuses included cases of rape and molestation as well as allegations that a state worker used a Taser to inflict burns on a dozen patients.

The California Watch investigation exposed these cases and focused on failures of an internal police force to get to the bottom of the abuses. One-third of the 36 alleged rapes occurred at the Sonoma board-and-care center – one of five such facilities in California that house about 1,600 patients with severe disabilities.


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CIR’s California Watch wins Polk award for second straight year

We are proud to write today that the Center for Investigative Reporting’s California Watch has won the George Polk Award for our series exposing flaws in the way a special state police force handles crimes against the developmentally disabled.

It is the second consecutive year that California Watch has won the prestigious George Polk Award. This year, we are being honored in the category of state reporting for Ryan Gabrielson’s extraordinary series “Broken Shield.”


The series has prompted far-reaching change, including a criminal investigation, staff retraining and new laws – all intended to bring greater safeguards and accountability.

Gabrielson was one of 14 Polk award winners announced today by Long Island University, which administers the prizes. University officials said more than 700 stories were submitted to the judges. Other winners include The New York Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bloomberg News, CBS News, The Washington Post and Mother Jones.

The Polk award is named after a CBS newsman murdered while covering the Greek Civil War in 1948.


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Sonoma disability center staff weighs in on abuse claims

SONOMA – California’s largest full-time care center for the severely disabled needs more staff and accountability to correct major internal breakdowns that led to dozens of cases of alleged patient abuse, staff members said Wednesday at a public forum.

The Sonoma Developmental Center, one of five state-run board-and-care facilities, has been in crisis mode since last month, when the center lost its primary license to operate for repeatedly exposing patients to physical and sexual abuse and shoddy medical care.

Katrise Fraund, a longtime senior psychiatric technician at the Sonoma Developmental Center, said the scandal has clouded the typically high quality of care offered at the institution, whose patients have cerebral palsy, severe autism and other intellectual disabilities.

“Abuse of the disabled has happened all along at group homes and state facilities,” Fraund said. “There’s just less oversight in group homes than there is at Sonoma. The reality is you do what you can to fix it. You have to keep oversight and then focus on the things that work.”

Records reviewed by California Watch showed patients, parents and staff members at the Sonoma center had reported a dozen sexual assaults in the past four years. But the center’s internal police department, the Office of Protective Services, failed to order a single hospital-supervised rape examination for any of these alleged victims.


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Calls grow for local police to take cases at developmental centers

Sonoma County’s top prosecutor has joined with advocates for the developmentally disabled in calling for local police to take charge of criminal investigations of patient abuse at California’s board-and-care institutions.

Cases involving reported assault and negligence have long been left to the Office of Protective Services, the police force at the five state-run developmental centers. The force's detectives and patrol officers have routinely failed to do basic police work even when patients die under suspicious circumstances.

The force has performed especially poorly in sexual abuse cases, California Watch reported in a story published Thursday.

Patients have accused caretakers of molestation and rape 36 times since 2009, but the Office of Protective Services did not order a single hospital-supervised rape examination for any of the alleged victims. “Rape kit” exams are routinely used to collect evidence at most police departments.

Eleven of the sex abuse cases were reported at the Sonoma Developmental Center, all from female patients living in the Corcoran Unit.


“The local law enforcement agencies have better tools than (the Office of Protective Services) does to handle those kinds of investigations,” Jill Ravitch, Sonoma County district attorney, said in an interview Friday. She has recommended that the county sheriff’s office take over responsibility for potential abuse cases, including sex assaults.


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State lawmakers order audit of developmental center police

Lawmakers directed the California State Auditor yesterday to examine the in-house police force at the state’s board-and-care institutions for the severely developmentally disabled.

The force, called the Office of Protective Services, is responsible for protecting roughly 1,700 patients with cerebral palsy and other intellectual disabilities at five developmental centers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sonoma and Tulare counties. Police at the centers have been criticized repeatedly by advocacy groups and state and federal regulators for lax work on criminal investigations.

The review is intended to assess the training, handling of abuse cases and overtime spending by the Office of Protective Services. The auditor plans to assess whether the police force's procedures comply with state law and to determine what actions the force "has taken to fulfill its responsibilities to protect" patients at the centers. 


The review will cost an estimated $409,200, according to a preliminary analysis by the state auditor. It is projected to take several months of work, but there is no strict deadline for completion.

"This audit will clarify what went wrong in the past and determine how we can prevent this from happening again," Assemblywoman Connie Conway, R-Tulare, said in a written statement yesterday. "Vulnerable Californians should not be put in danger by the very same hands who are responsible for protecting them.”


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Questions surround handling of Taser assaults on disabled patients

With a suspect from the start, the Sonoma Developmental Center’s in-house police force made no arrest in a dozen patient assaults, choosing to handle the case administratively.

Facebook.com A photo posted Oct. 1, 2009, on Archie Millora’s Facebook page shows him posing at a firing range while holding an assault rifle. 

Someone using a stun gun like a cattle prod assaulted a dozen patients at the Sonoma Developmental Center last fall, inflicting painful thermal burns on their buttocks, arms, legs and backs.

The center’s in-house police force, the Office of Protective Services, had a suspect from the start. An anonymous whistle-blower called a tip line in September 2011 and accused Archie Millora, a caregiver at the Sonoma center, of abusing several profoundly disabled men with high-voltage probes.

Detectives found burn injuries on the patients, according to internal records obtained by California Watch. The following morning, they discovered a Taser and a loaded handgun in Millora’s car at the Sonoma center.

The facility is one of five state-run board-and-care institutions that serve roughly 1,700 residents with cerebral palsy, mental retardation and severe autism – disabilities that make communication difficult, if not impossible.

The one victim who is able to speak named Millora and used the word “stun” when interviewed by a detective at the center, according to a state licensing record.  

As part of an ongoing investigation, California Watch has detailed how the institutions’ internal police force, created by the state to protect the vulnerable residents at these state homes, often fails to conduct basic police work when patients are abused and harmed.

In case after case, detectives and officers have delayed interviews with witnesses or suspects – if they have conducted interviews at all. The force also has waited too long to collect evidence or secure crime scenes and has been accused of going easy on co-workers who care for the disabled.

Those shortfalls again were on display in the Taser case, records show.

After the assaults were discovered, the Office of Protective Services made no arrest, deciding instead to handle it as an administrative matter. Also, at least nine days after the revelations, records show, detectives still had not interviewed Millora, whose personal Facebook page includes wall photos of assault weapons and handguns. 


“There’s absolutely no excuse for allowing that to happen like that without any ramifications,” Assemblywoman Connie Conway, the Republican leader from Tulare, said of the stun gun assaults.

After California Watch published its initial investigation about the police force, a former state worker alerted reporters to the Taser incidents. Other whistle-blowers turned over records to the news organization, allowing the story to be told for the first time. The state Department of Developmental Services, which operates the developmental centers and in-house police force, has not responded to requests for additional documentation.

The Sonoma County district attorney’s office announced this week it would review the matter as a potential criminal abuse case after California Watch began asking questions about the Taser incidents. “We’re continuing to review the entire case; we haven’t closed the door on our investigation,” said Spencer Brady, chief deputy district attorney.

In a written statement, Terri Delgadillo, director of the state Department of Developmental Services, said the center’s investigation “included interviews of over 100 individuals, including the suspect who was interviewed on three separate occasions and terminated from employment.” She said that the department took the matter seriously and is continuing to investigate, nearly a year after the abuse occurred.

Millora was fired in November, state controller records show. He did not respond to multiple interview requests made by phone and in person at his home.

Jim Rogers, the Sonoma center’s executive director, also was fired, according to Delgadillo’s statement. In January, the department said Rogers retired voluntarily. Rogers did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The Taser incidents also raise new questions about the police force’s leadership. Key decisions were made by the agency’s top chief – a former firefighter with a limited background in criminal investigations – and a commander who had just been transferred to the Sonoma center from the Porterville Developmental Center.

Leslie Morrison, head of investigations for Disability Rights California, said she was surprised that the Office of Protective Services kept control of these abuse cases.

Police at the Sonoma center “should have immediately picked up the phone and called outside law enforcement,” Morrison said. “We’ve got a serial abuser here.”

At the same time, the police force  may have thwarted a criminal investigation by local authorities, records show.

On Oct. 5, more than a week after officials received the tip about the stun gun incidents, the Sonoma center’s top administrators met with an inspector from the state Department of Public Health investigating the injuries, according to an internal memo. The inspector, Ann Fitzgerald, asked whether the attacks were a criminal case.

“It could be,” said the center’s police commander, Bob Lewis, according to the memo.

But police at the center took steps that might have discouraged the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office from opening its own investigation. Lewis downplayed the series of attacks against patients, telling the sheriff’s office there was an abuse allegation, not a dozen confirmed cases, the internal correspondence shows.

In the Office of Protective Services’ call to the sheriff’s office, center police disclosed they found two weapons, said Sonoma County Lt. Dennis O’Leary. Regarding the assaults against patients, O’Leary said Lewis informed them “just that there was some suspicion that there may have been some abuse to the patients.” At the time, however, the in-house police detectives at the state center still had not questioned Millora, records indicate.

Delgadillo said in her statement that the sheriff’s office decided “not to intercede and take over the investigation.”

The sheriff’s office had a different take.

“We offered to assist in their investigation, but we were told that they didn’t need our help,” said Sonoma County Assistant Sheriff Lorenzo Dueñas.

Force referred gun charge

Corey Smith, the Office of Protective Services’ police chief, oversees all criminal investigations at the state’s developmental centers. Sonoma center commander Lewis sent Smith multiple written reports after learning of the stun gun abuses. He also took instructions by phone at least once, records show.

Smith, a firefighter for most of the past two decades, has less law enforcement experience than a majority of the patrol officers beneath him. He hadn’t worked on criminal investigations until 2006, when the department made him the Sonoma center’s police commander.   

Smith became chief in 2010 after his predecessor was indicted on embezzlement charges. He did not respond to phone calls or written questions sent by email.

The Office of Protective Services did refer a criminal charge against Millora for carrying a concealed firearm, a misdemeanor, according to Sonoma County Superior Court records. He pleaded no contest to the charge in April and received 20 days of electronic monitoring, plus three years’ probation and a $190 fine.

Charges of assault against a dozen patients could have meant decades in prison.

Millora has no felony record and therefore has no legal barrier preventing him from again working with the disabled, said Tony Anderson, executive director of The Arc of California, an advocacy group.

"These guys bounce around from home to home and you just never catch them, until they do something really bad," Anderson said.

Disciplinary records not public

The abuses echo another attack at Sonoma, when a caregiver used a stun gun on a patient’s chest in 1999. The center’s detectives took months to obtain an arrest warrant, by which time the suspect had fled the state.

Millora started at the center as an assistant psychiatric technician in 1998, according to the Department of Developmental Services. In this position, he earned $50,000 a year as a primary caregiver for as many as a dozen patients. His duties involved watching over patients, bathing and grooming them, and protecting them from harm. He was not suspected in the earlier stun gun abuse case.

Psychiatric technicians must undergo training and certification in California. When psychiatric technicians violate regulations, their transgressions are in the public record. But this requirement does not extend to assistant caregivers. Their disciplinary records reside only in personnel files, which are largely confidential under state records law.

Facebook.com Millora’s Facebook page has portraits of firearms including an assault rifle, which was posted Dec. 13, 2009. A former caretaker at the Sonoma Developmental Center, he was accused of assaulting disabled patients with a Taser. 

On Millora’s Facebook page, he has posted portraits of several firearms. One photo shows an assault rifle beside a Glock, outfitted with an extended clip and sight. In another picture, Millora poses at a firing range, looking into the camera while holding an assault rifle.

The state Department of Developmental Services has not released the caregiver’s personnel file, detailing his termination or other disciplinary action. Developmental center officials have not answered repeated questions about the abuse. Delgadillo said that the families of patients were informed about the incidents, but the department has not specified exactly what families were told.

The state deems records related to developmentally disabled patients to be confidential. Regulators black out nearly every word on inspection records before releasing them to the public.

The state-run facilities in Los Angeles, Sonoma, Orange, Tulare and Riverside counties have documented hundreds of cases of abuse and unexplained injuries, almost none of which has led to arrests.

In response to California Watch’s earlier stories, lawmakers have introduced two bills that would require the state to notify outside law enforcement agencies and disability rights groups when it receives allegations of violent crimes against patients. The bills have passed the state Senate and await votes in the state Assembly.

Under current law, the centers’ police force is not required to report allegations of abuse such as the Taser incident to local authorities.

Conway, the assemblywoman from Tulare, has called for a state audit of the Office of Protective Services. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee has scheduled a hearing for Aug. 7 to consider the request.

Public health department citation

Sonoma center officials accepted responsibility for the stun gun abuses in June, when the state Department of Public Health issued the facility a “Class A” citation. The penalty included a $10,000 fine for violations that put patients at serious risk of harm or death.

The citation said 11 patients had stun gun injuries. Internal records from the Sonoma center list a dozen victims. All the victims were men, whose ages ranged from 33 to 61 years old.

The Department of Developmental Services is bringing in outside experts to upgrade patient care at the Sonoma center and prevent future abuses, Delgadillo said in her written statement. Following California Watch’s earlier stories, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration in March hired Joe Brann, a longtime police chief, to oversee retraining of the entire Office of Protective Services and fix problems in its criminal investigations.

The stun gun allegation arrived on an answering machine in the executive director’s office sometime on Sept. 26, the Sonoma center records show.

A male voice said Millora had used the stun gun on patients living in one specific unit of the developmental center, the Judah Unit, home to 27 patients, according to records.

The Office of Protective Services received word of the abuse at 4 p.m. Sept. 26 and deployed patrol officers to the residence within 30 minutes. It was Millora’s day off, so the in-house police decided to stop the caregiver on his way in to work the following day.

However, the officers missed the start of Millora’s shift, at 6:30 a.m., according to the citation. The caregiver was on a break when police arrived shortly before 8 a.m. They intercepted Millora as he returned to the Judah Unit and received his consent to search his car, according to records.

That’s when officers discovered his weapons.

Facebook.com A photo of a Glock handgun fitted with a sight and placed next to an extended magazine was posted to Millora’s Facebook page Dec. 12, 2009. The weapon matches the description of the firearm police found in his car in September 2011. 

“The facility officer removed a black nylon handgun case from under the passenger seat,” the citation said. “The case contained a Glock semi-automatic pistol and a ‘magazine’ containing live rounds of ammunition.”

Stashed inside a compartment on the driver-side door, Millora had a Taser C2. Officers would place both weapons in an evidence locker, according to the citation.

Despite having the stun gun in their possession, the center’s police did not take the suspect into custody for questioning.

Rather, officers turned Millora over to administrators. Rogers, then executive director of the Sonoma center, put Millora on “administrative time off,” according to internal records, and the caregiver apparently left the institution about 10 a.m.

Millora’s job was in jeopardy at that stage, the licensing and administrative records show, but not his freedom.

Eleven hours later, police commander Lewis called Smith, the chief of the Office of Protective Services, for instructions, according to an internal chronology of events. Smith told Lewis to alert the California Highway Patrol, and the commander said he made the call sometime before 10 p.m.  

However, CHP officials say they have no record of being notified by the Office of Protective Services at the Sonoma center during the time period in question. And even if they had been notified, CHP does not handle patient abuse cases.

Lewis had taken command at Sonoma just four weeks earlier. He’d previously worked for several years as a detective and supervisor at the Porterville Developmental Center in Tulare County.

Reached by phone, Lewis said the Department of Developmental Services prohibits him from speaking to reporters. “I’m just going to have to refer you, buddy,” Lewis said.

The Sonoma County sheriff has jurisdiction over the developmental center and teams of investigators with experience in aggravated assault cases.

Lewis alerted the sheriff’s office the next morning, Sept. 28, about “the weapons recovered from an employee’s vehicle and the allegation of abuse,” according to the center’s chronology. The Office of Protective Services would remain the lead investigating agency.

Dueñas, the Sonoma County assistant sheriff, said Lewis never disclosed to the sheriff’s office that the center confirmed patients had been attacked.

‘Non-accidental trauma’

The investigation continued that day when center detectives provided pictures of the patients’ injuries to a forensic pathologist for analysis.

Doctors concluded that the victims who lived in the Judah Unit were injured by the same weapon, according to the citation reports.

“The pathologist further opined that the patterned injuries on seven clients were strongly suggestive of and consistent with electrical thermal burns ranging in age of 36 to 48 hours up to greater than two weeks,” the citation said.

The burn marks came in pairs, roughly a half-inch apart, the citation said, and “represented non-accidental trauma.” Some of the injuries were healing into scars, suggesting the attacker had abused the patients over the course of several days, if not weeks.

Based on the doctor’s findings, the state inspector concluded the patient injuries were "abrasions consistent with the use of an electrical thermal device (Taser Gun)," the citation said.

All of the patients were treated at the center’s own acute care clinic. It’s unclear from available records if any of the patients were hit with the Taser multiple times.

Initially, police believed only seven patients living at Judah had been assaulted, the licensing records and internal correspondence show. Nurses examined every Judah patient and discovered three others with the circular burn marks.

After reviewing Millora’s work schedule, medical staff found the caregiver had contact with patients living in three other residences. Subsequently, two more patients were identified with stun gun injuries in those units, according to records.


The Taser C2 found in Millora’s car is designed as a defensive weapon, able to hit targets from a distance of 15 feet, said Steve Tuttle, a spokesman for Taser International. When discharged in the device’s primary setting, two probes shoot forward and attach themselves to the target in different locations on the body, separated by a foot or more. It sends more than 1,000 volts into the target.

However, the Taser C2 has a second setting, called “drive-stun,” Tuttle said. In this mode, the probes are stationary and deliver voltage directly to the skin. “It would cause impairment and would be painful,” he said.

The precise burn marks on the victims' bodies indicate the Taser was used at close range to the victims – almost like a cattle prod.

Tuttle said Taser International finds it abhorrent that its product would be used to assault disabled patients.

“I’ve been spokesman for the company for 18 years,” he said. “That’s the very first time I’ve heard of anything similar to that.”

State licensing records and Sonoma center communications offer no detail on how the abuse occurred.  

Records show that Lewis and his detectives at the Office of Protective Services deliberately avoided asking Millora for his version of events in the first two weeks following their discovery of the abuses.

At the October meeting attended by state officials about the Taser incidents, the state inspector asked why police were delaying their interview with Millora until officers had spoken to all other potential witnesses, according to the internal memo.

Lewis responded that it was his decision to wait before interviewing Millora. Delaying the interview “is the most beneficial as far as obtaining information, possible leads that could lead to other involvement or evidence," Lewis explained, according to the memo.

The Office of Protective Services did not find other leads or witnesses in the case.

State officials won’t say what Millora eventually told them.

ABC 7 reporter Vic Lee contributed to this report. This story was edited by Mark Katches and copy edited by Nikki Frick and Christine Lee.

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