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* Claude Edward Foulk former executive director of Napa State Hospital held to answer to 35 counts of committing lewd acts on a child

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The former executive director of Napa State Hospital was held over for trial today in Long Beach Superior Court on charges that he molested his former foster son for more than 10 years, his attorney said.Claude Edward Foulk, 62, was held to answer to 35 counts of committing lewd acts on a child, including oral copulation and sodomy, between 1992 and 2004 in Southern California, attorney Richard Poland said this afternoon.He is scheduled to re-enter pleas to the charges April 27 and is being held on $3.5 million bail in a Los Angeles County jail.The 27-year-old former foster child testified against Foulk at a preliminary hearing that began Tuesday.Poland said two other men testified against his client but that their alleged molestations occurred after the statute of limitations had expired.”He denies the allegations,” Poland said of Foulk. “Obviously, the man who testified against him has a troubled past. It’s a tragic situation.” Poland said the 27-year-old alleged victim was more than a foster child; he was Foulk’s adopted son who was “bounced around from foster home to foster home” and had previously been molested at another foster home.Poland said Foulk gave the alleged victim a “life of stability” but that the foster son stole a coin collection from Foulk and pawned it for $1,000.”The poor boy had an incredibly difficult life and upbringing,” Poland said.Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Danette Gomez was not immediately available for comment early this afternoon.Foulk was arrested at Napa State Hospital on Feb. 24. He had served as executive director since 2007.The Long Beach Police Department said it had been investigating a child molestation case in Long Beach involving five victims known to Foulk between 1975 and 2006.

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