A Lakeside residential care facility is the subject of an investigation by the California Department of Social Services for safety violations. The facility, Expanding Horizons, is the same home where a convicted sex offender was living when he wandered away from the home and sexually assaulted two boys. Neighbors of the facility had no idea that a convicted sex offender was living in their midst.
“Thankfully the victims were not dragged off into the bushes like other stories,” neighbor Kent Kopperud told KFMB. “But it’s still a horrible situation, and it should have never happened.”
The facility could be held liable for the injuries suffered by the boys who were assaulted.
Expanding Horizons has a history of violations. Records from state licensing revealed that the home failed to report criminal activity by its residents, including failing to report a major fight, the cigarette burning of a resident, and an arrest of a resident. Expanding Horizons is a contracted provider with San Diego Regional Center, which in turn, contracts with the state to provide services to 19,000 developmentally disabled children and adults in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
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