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Prosecutor: Hospital Director Lured Boys For Sex

LONG BEACH, Calif (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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LONG BEACH, Calif. (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 four years.

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

Jurors could begin deliberations later in the day.

Foulk, who is charged with molesting his adopted son, has pleaded not guilty to 35 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child.

Authorities say 13 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.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. Corrects four-year quest to four decade span and number of men to 11 instead of 13.)