A former California mental hospital director who prosecutors alleged had a history of sexually abusing young boys was convicted Thursday of molesting his son.
A Long Beach jury found Claude Edward Foulk, 63, guilty on 31 counts of sexual molestation, including lewd acts on a child and sodomy by use of force. He was acquitted on four other counts.
Now 27, his son, a former foster child who was later adopted by Foulk, testified that he was abused from age 9 until he fled home at 21. He said he was "beyond happy" at the verdict.
"I'm very relieved," he said. "He will never see the light of day."
Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Gomez alleged that Foulk molested 11 other young boys since 1966, but charges couldn't be filed in those cases because the statutory deadline had passed. However, four of those now-grown men testified about the abuse at the trial. Those witnesses, who had lived in the foster care system or came from abusive homes, said Foulk showered them with gifts and affection and then began molesting them.