The recent sexual assault of an 88-year-old nursing home resident has shocked many citizens of the San Diego and Hillcrest areas. Multiple sources, including ABC Channel 10 San Diego covered the developments of the Hillcrest sexual assault and the fate of the perpetrator.
According to officers in the San Diego Police Department who were familiar with the facts of the Hillcrest sexual assault, on Oct. 27, 2019, Lusean Arline, a 48-year-old man, is suspected of breaking into a Hillcrest nursing home and sexually assaulting the elderly resident in question. This story has been corroborated by administrators at the Balboa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hillcrest who confirmed the attack happened in their facility.
Reports of the Hillcrest sexual assault describe how Arline broke into the facility, entered the victim’s room and proceeded to sexually violate her. When the victim began to scream and cause a commotion, multiple staff members were alerted and responded to her cries. When they were near, Arline fled the scene.
After the events of the Hillcrest sexual assault, investigators from the San Diego Police Sex Crimes Unit collected physical evidence at the scene, including male DNA which was sent off for processing at the Crime Lab and inputted into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). Through DNA examination, investigators identified Lusean Arline as the main suspect and, after acquiring his whereabouts and information from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Lusean Arline was then arrested for his part in the Hillcrest sexual assault. Arline has been booked into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of forcible rape, felony sexual assault, assault, burglary, elder abuse and violation of terms of his parole. He is currently being held on bail of $1 million pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Oct. 13, 2019.
In response to the Hillcrest sexual assault, administrators of the Balboa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center released a statement to 10News. In their statement, administrators thanked authorities for apprehending Arline and reaffirmed their full cooperation with officials and promised “whatever necessary” support for the resident and her family, though they declined further comment in the name of respecting both the victim and the ongoing investigation.
For more information about sexual abuse and other forms of physical abuse in nursing homes, visit the National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys’ Physical Abuse Page.