* Claude Foulk Napa State Hospital Executive Director Arrested For Molesting Foster Child For Over 10 Years
Published by Staff Writer on February 24, 2010
Napa State Hospital Executive Director Claude Edward Foulk was charged today with sexual molesting a foster child he lived with in Long Beach for more than a decade.The 35-count complaint is included in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office’s warrant for Foulk’s arrest.Foulk, appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in March 2007, was arrested by Long Beach police this morning at Napa State Hospital and was terminated immediately, Dr. Stephen W. Mayberg, director of the California Department of Mental Health said in a news release.”The charges are related to incidents that predate Mr. Foulk’s tenure at Napa State Hospital,” Mayberg said.The complaint charges Folk with 22 counts of forcible oral copulation, 11 counts of sodomy by use of force and two counts of forcible lewd act on a child. Foulk allegedly began sexually molesting the 10-year-old boy in the fall of 1992 shortly after he took him in as a foster child and the molestations continued through 2003 after he and the youth moved to Walnut, which is 20 miles east of Los Angeles,the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.Long Beach police Sgt. Dina Zapalski said earlier this afternoon its investigation regarding the molestations of five victims between 1975 and 2006 began in September 2009.Some of the alleged molestations occurred between 2004 and 2006 when Foulk moved to Rancho Murieta, a golfing community 25 miles east of Sacramento, Zapalski said.Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Leslie Klein, however, said in a news release that there are numerous other victims who fall outside the statute of limitations. Only one alleged victim was named in the district attorney’s office’s complaint. Long Beach police became aware of the alleged sexual assaults after one alleged victim, now in his 40s, discovered Foulk was in charge of Napa State Hospital which houses sexual offenders, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. Foulk was to be booked today in the Long Beach Police Department’s jail, Zapalski said. Prosecutors are asking bail be set a $3.5 million, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.If convicted, Foulk faces more than 280 years in prison, said Jane Robison, press secretary for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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