Los Angeles Times

City worker faces new abuse claims

- By Alejandra Reyes-Velarde alejandra.reyesvelar­de @latimes.com Twitter: @r_valejandra

Six additional people have accused a Santa Monica city employee of sexual abuse following the man’s arrest on suspicion of molesting four boys while he was a volunteer with the city’s Police Activities League more than 20 years ago, the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department said.

Eric Uller, 50, a technology analyst with Santa Monica’s informatio­n technology department, was arrested at his workplace last week and charged with three counts of lewd acts on a child, two counts of oral copulation of a minor and one count of continuous sexual abuse, the Sheriff ’s Department said.

Uller, who was placed on administra­tive leave, is accused of sexually abusing four boys while he was a volunteer in the 1990s with the Police Activities League, an after-school youth program in partnershi­p with the Santa Monica Police Department. He was an instructor in a city youth tech program from 2012 to 2017, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The city of Santa Monica said Thursday in a statement that included the new allegation­s that the investigat­ion now spans from 1986 to 2010. It is conducting an independen­t investigat­ion into allegation­s that the city failed to act on reports of abuse.

Officials said Santa Monica police began investigat­ing Uller over the summer after receiving an anonymous tip about the abuse allegation­s. After police identified one accuser, they passed the informatio­n to the Sheriff ’s Department.

Representa­tives for the city and the law firm conducting the independen­t investigat­ion did not respond to requests for comment Friday.

Uller is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail. His arraignmen­t is scheduled for Nov. 5.

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