Eric Uller (LASD)

Six additional victims have come forward to accuse Eric Uller of child molestation, bringing the total victim count to 10.

Uller is currently facing six felony charges related to the original accusations that he assaulted four male victims in the 1990’s while a volunteer with the Police Activities League (PAL). City Hall released a statement Thursday saying that in addition to the new victims, the investigation timeline now runs from 1986 to 2010.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department arrested Uller on Oct. 18 after the Santa Monica Police Department requested the aid of the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau. At his first court date on Oct. 22, the District Attorney filed three counts of lewd acts with a child, two counts of oral copulation with a person under 18 and one count of continuous sexual abuse. His bail was also reduced from $2 million to $750,000.

Residents and community leaders have said Uller’s conduct was an open secret in the Pico neighborhood and accused officials of turning a blind eye to complaints.

Officials have acknowledged the concern over past complaints and promised a transparent investigation into the concerns.

“The City has retained Irma Rodríguez Moises and Gabriel Sandoval at the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo to conduct an independent investigation of allegations that the City previously knew, or should have known, of Mr. Uller’s alleged criminal conduct,” said a statement issued by City Hall on Oct. 25. “The investigation will also review whether the City had in place sufficient procedures to encourage reporting of such conduct, and to ensure that reports are acted on.”

The statement said there is an active review into current youth programs to ensure the reporting policies in place meet best practices.

“The City has identified that Mr. Uller was an instructor in the City’s Youth Tech Program, a summer program preparing high school students for careers in the tech industry that ran from 2012 to 2017,” said the statement. “This morning, the City reached out to all families whose children participated in this program to inform them of the arrest and criminal charges and to share contact information for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department should they be aware of any facts that may be relevant to the criminal investigation.”

In addition, the school district’s Mental Health Coordinator has been contacted to provide care to students, parents, caregivers or school staff who have concerns. Additional mental health services are also available at PAL, CREST, and VAP participants and their families.

Schoolboard member and director of the Pico Youth and Family Center Oscar de la Torre has said he raised warnings about Uller in the past. De la Torre will host a community meeting about the case on Oct. 30 at Virginia Ave Park from 7 – 9 p.m.

The City continues to urge anyone who has information that may be relevant to the criminal investigation to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victims Bureau, at (877) 710-5273 or by email at specialvictimsbureau@lasd.org.

editor@smdp.com

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...

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