The director of a mental hospital deliberately adopted a young boy to be his sex slave and subjected him to horrific abuse for nearly a decade.
Claude Foulk, 63, from California, molested his adopted son for eight years as part of a pattern of abuse that spanned four decades and ensnared a dozen young boys.
Today he was described by the judge as a 'sick, sick man' as he was given the maximum possible sentence - a total of 248 years in jail.
'Sick, sick man': Claude Foulk, 63, speaks with his attorney before being sentenced to 248 years in jail for abusing his adopted son. The judge said his crimes were 'beyond the comprehension of most human beings'
Superior Court Judge James B. Pierce told Foulk that he should have been the No 1 patient at the mental hospital he oversaw.
Judge Pierce said: 'Someone was selected out of an adoption book, totally selected at a very young age, and made a sex slave.
'I don't think the word father or dad belongs in the same sentence with Mr Foulk. A father or dad couldn't do these things.'
The judge added: 'It's beyond the comprehension of most human beings.
'It's not unlike slavery of old, to go through the (foster) system and obtain a human being and attempt to mold that individual to satisfy one's own sexual desires.
'Disgusting. This one has got to be the worst. It's the worst of the worst.'
Foulk was fired from his position as head of Napa State Hospital last year when he was arrested after the sexual abuse was reported to police.
Prosecutor Danette Gomez said Foulk used the foster care system to acquire boys to meet his insatiable sexual appetite, knowing they had no parents to turn to.
Abuse: Foulk used the foster care system to acquire boys to meet his insatiable sexual appetite, knowing they had no parents to turn to (posed by model)
He was convicted of 20 counts of forcible oral copulation, nine counts of sodomy and two counts of lewd acts for abuse between 1992 and 2001.
The judge drew applause from the courtroom after giving Foulk the maximum sentence of eight years for each offence.
He was acquitted of two counts each of sodomy and oral copulation for charged acts that occurred after the victim was 18.
His victim is now 27 and living in Atlanta. He will remain anonymous.
Foulk repeatedly denied the allegations, saying that that his adopted son had a history of lying.
But prosecutors said another 11 men came forward to claim Foulk molested them as children dating back to 1965, but only the son's case could be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations.
During a week-long trial, five adult men testified that Foulk had abused them for years.
They claimed the man they knew as an uncle and foster father bought them pizza and took them to a mountain cabin before forcing them to engage in sex acts.
One of Foulk's two adopted sons told jurors Foulk abused him from the time he was nine until he was 21, telling him it was 'how a man shows love'.
Foulk worked as a nurse, obtained a master's degree in business administration and held previous state jobs before working at Napa. He was a foster parent to two boys and adopted two sons.
Miss Gomez said the years of horrific abuse led the boys to turn to alcohol and drugs and to have trouble forming lasting relationships.
Prison is too good for him... the execution should be held immediately.
But on another note... as soon as the American Left gets the age of consent dropped to ten, the other pedos won't have to worry about the prison time so much.
Oh I don't know, if his cell mate is a dude called Tiny.... He might just get to experience being a sex slave himself
My only reason for disagreeing on the execution thing is that I don't have any confidence in the existence of hell, and I think this person really does need to experience some harsh consequences for his actions and death could simply be the easy way out.
If I thought they would put this freak in gen pop then I would agree. But the corrections system will place him in PC and then a locked unit for pedos and pervs.
I have complete faith that if the gen pop knew his crimes and got thier hands on him, he would wish he were dead... but I don't think they will ever be allowed near him.
This is another sad case of the foster care dept not doing a thorough check on him.The boys should have been checked out each month with surprise visits.
Some departments need more money and staff.Foster care is woefully under staffed
This man wont last in jail. Almost all inmates in prisons do not like child molestors. They usually end up getting killed while in prison. I guess he will get what he deserves when in prison.
I concur with Stacie L but I'm going further then that the foster care departments from what I've seen never takes responsibilities for their failings and they only listen to themselves and compliants. If you're innocence of the charges placed against you foster care department doesn't seem to care they are like a giant wheel and they will steam roll over you no matter what you say.
If all people do is act like mineless drones then why do we need people in those positions when computers and robots can do that job equally as well?
Link? I assume you are not copying another writers story unattributed?
Zuly, prisons are full of child molesters and they dont get too much hassle, the problem is that only 4% of all child abusers ever go to jail, so unfortunetly that 96% of child rapists are never too far away, 85-95% of all children raped are raped by a male/female within the family or known to them
That was indeed a horrible act and being send to jail was not enough to serve justice to his victims. He took the happiness and their rights to live in freedom for abusing them in such way.
I just hope having his penalty will make him realize how much damage he had engraved to the minds and emotion of the victims, the bad memories that will remain forever...
There is no end to this evil, however, do we blame the individual or a society that remains in denial
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