Hillcrest nursing home sued over sexual assault of 88-year-old resident

The suit claims that employees at Balboa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center routinely left the back door open, which allowed a man to slip inside and reach the floor where the victim lived

SAN DIEGO —

An 88-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted in her Hillcrest nursing home in October has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the facility operators, alleging they failed to provide proper security and staffing to keep her and other residents safe.

The suit claims that employees at Balboa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center routinely left the back door open, which allowed a man to slip inside, walk past a nursing station and reach the second floor where the victim lived.

Staff heard the woman and her roommates scream for help and saw a naked man dash out of the building. Using DNA evidence, San Diego police arrested Lusean Arline, 49, about a week later. He has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the incident.

“This is a terribly shocking case, one that is most unfortunate and violates our trust we place in these facilities when we place a loved one in their care,” the woman’s attorney, William Berman, said Tuesday.

“This could have happened to any female resident at Balboa.”He said the woman’s arm was broken in the assault, but she is recovering and now living in a different skilled nursing home.Calls to Balboa and its parent company, Providence Group Inc. in Utah, for comment on the lawsuit were not immediately returned on Tuesday.The state Department of Public Health opened […]

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