Former Napa State Hospital Executive Director Claude Edward Foulk pleaded not guilty this morning to molesting his foster son in the Long Beach area over a 10-year period starting in 1992.Foulk, 62, entered his plea in Long Beach Superior Court, one of 40 courts in Los Angeles County, said Jane Robison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office’s press secretary. Foulk was arrested by Long Beach police Wednesday on the hospital grounds in Napa. He is being held in the Long Beach Police Department jail under $3.5 million bail but was to be transferred to the Los Angeles County jail in central Los Angeles today, Long Beach police spokeswoman Lisa Massacani said.A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 12. Foulk’s attorney Jon Artz said this afternoon “the allegations are horrific especially when you factor in the position he held.””It sounds bad but we haven’t seen the evidence,” Artz said.Robison said four new alleged victims have come forward since Foulk’s arrest Wednesday bringing to 13 the number of potential victims.She did not know if the four new alleged victims were all residents of Los Angeles County.”Most of them, (the 13 potential victims) however, fall outside the statute of limitations, meaning the crimes occurred before 1988. Authorities were aware of several other alleged victims who were older,” Robison said.The initial 35-count complaint named only one foster boy as the alleged victim and the alleged forced oral copulations, lewd acts and forced sodomies allegedly occurred in the Long Beach and Walnut areas of Los Angeles County between 1992, when the boy was 10, and 2003.The complaint amended today mentions other alleged molestations involving other alleged victims but does not include them in separate or additional counts. It states Foulk began molesting another foster son between 1973, when the boy was 9 years old, and 1985 when he was 21.The amended complaint also states Foulk molested a friend of his foster son in 1974 when the boy was 10-11 years old, and another friend of his foster son in 1977. It also states Foulk masturbated in front of two other boys ages 14 and 15 who were not his foster sons and invited them to participate in 1991 and 1992.The amended complaint also says the statute of limitations regarding the offenses that involve substantial sexual conduct between 1992 and 2000 in counts 1-26 has been extended because the foster son made a complaint to a California law enforcement agency on Jan. 14, 2010, and a criminal complaint was filed within one year of the report. Artz said those additional allegations are probably an enhancement in support of the initial complaint.Robison said Long Beach Superior Court Judge Arthur Jean granted a request by the California Attorney General’s Office to suspend Foulk’s nursing license.Foulk was fired as executive director of Napa State Hospital when he was arrested Wednesday. He was appointed executive director by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in March 2007.The hospital accepts mentally ill patients who have been referred from their home county under a civil commitment or through the courts on a forensic commitment. It has the capacity to treat 1,362 patients on its 138-acre campus.
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