Patients at California’s board-and-care centers for the developmentally disabled have accused caretakers of molestation and rape 36 times during the past four years. Documents obtained by California Watch reveal that patients suffered molestation, forced oral sex and vaginal lacerations.
But for years, the state-run police force has moved so slowly and ineffectively that predators have stayed a step ahead of law enforcement or abused new victims, records show.
The Office of Protective Services, the police force at California’s five developmental centers, failed to order a single hospital-supervised rape examination for any of these alleged victims between 2009 and 2012. At any other police department, using a “rape kit” to collect evidence would be considered routine.
Here is what our California Watch investigation found.