A preliminary hearing was recently held for a man accused of breaking into Balboa Nursing and Rehab Center nursing home and sexually assaulting an 88-year-old patient. During the testimony, Defendant Lusean Arline kept his head down in shame. Prosecutors said that days after being released from jail on a drug charge, 49-year-old Arline snuck into Balboa Nursing and Rehab through an unlocked door after dark and was found completely nude on top of the victim. Arline has a prior conviction from 2017 for following two elderly women home to their apartment and exposing himself to the victims.
He is accused of breaking in during the early morning hours of Oct. 27 and entering a room shared by patients. Arline was arrested about a week after the alleged assault. San Diego Police say DNA from the victim’s body was put into a federal DNA database and Arline was a match.
The roommate of the 88-year-old victim told the court she saw a man in their room. The roommate, who is being referred to as “Louise”, said the man was naked and on top of the victim. “Louise,” said she screamed for help and when employees ran into the room the suspect took off running.
The victim’s daughter said she received a call on Oct. 27 from the facility saying her mother was at Scripps Mercy Hospital. When she arrived at the hospital, she noticed her mother’s arm was broken and she was emotional.
The victim’s daughter went on to testify that since the assault her mother is agitated and withdrawn.
He is facing charges of sexual assault, burglary, and elderly abuse.