DNA Evidence Leads to Arrest in Balboa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Sexual Assault
A suspect has been arrested in the sexual assault of an elderly resident at Balboa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following the processing of DNA evidence collected at the scene. 48-year-old Lusean Arline was taken into custody on Monday, November 4 on suspicion of burglary, forcible rape, felony sexual assault, elder abuse and violation of terms of his parole.
According to the police, Arline illegally entered the nursing home on October 27 and sexually assaulted the woman in her bed. Other patients were present in the room at the time of the alleged assault, and the victim and these other patients began screaming. Staff members responded and Arline fled the scene, according to a police news release.
Investigators with the San Diego Police Sex Crimes Unit responded to the scene and collected evidence, including male DNA that was processed by the Crime Lab and uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
Arline was identified as the suspect based on this DNA sample and was arrested. He is being held on $1 million bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6.
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Justice For Nursing Home Sexual Assault Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has dedicated his career to helping sexual assault victims and their families find answers, support, and justice. Here are some thoughts from Brian on the options for legal recourse available to nursing home sexual assault victims and their families:
The safety of patients and residents must be the top priority for all nursing homes. Adequate safety standards encompass several different facets – including proper care, correct medication administration, and protection from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. When a nursing home resident is sexually abused, we must ask if the nursing home failed in their legal duty to protect their residents.
Unfortunately, sexual abuse is a major problem plaguing our nation’s nursing homes. The perpetrators can be nursing home employees, fellow residents, or intruders who illegally enter the facility. In cases involving intruders, the nursing home should be investigated to determine if inadequate security standards are to blame for allowing the intruder to enter the facility and commit a heinous crime.
When inadequate security or another form of negligence has played a role in allowing a sexual assault to occur, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit against the nursing home.
If you or a loved one is a victim of nursing home sexual assault, you can learn more about your family’s legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced sexual assault victims lawyers.
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