Ex-Director Of Mental Hospital Accused Of Luring Boys For Sex

LONG BEACH (AP) — A prosecutor says a former California state mental hospital director lured young boys with pizza and trips to a mountain cabin to sexually abuse them over a span of four decades.

Prosecutor Danette Gomez told a Long Beach courtroom Tuesday that 63-year-old former Napa State Hospital director Claude Foulk used his degrees and accolades as a shield and urged jurors to look beyond that facade.

Jurors could begin deliberations Tuesday afternoon.

Foulk, who is charged with molesting his adopted son, has pleaded not guilty to 35 counts of sex crimes. Prosecutors say 11 men came forward to claim Foulk molested them as children as far back as 1965, but only the case of Foulk’s son could be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations.

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