Ex-adult day care worker in El Monte pleads no contest to molesting mentally disabled women

EL MONTE — A former employee of an El Monte adult day care center pleaded no contest Thursday to sexually assaulting three mentally disabled women, authorities said.
Jose Fernando Flores, 43, of Los Angeles, faces up to eight years in prison when he returns to Pomona Superior Court for sentencing Feb. 17, police and court officials said.
He sexually assaulted three mentally disabled women between 24 and 54 years old after going to work as a cook and bus driver at the Health Start adult day care center in January of 2009, El Monte Police Detective Ralph Batres said.
“It was a very difficult case, because the victims were defenseless,” the detective said.
Flores was arrested May 7 of 2010, and confessed to the crimes, police said.
Adult day care centers are regulated and licensed by the California Department of Social Services, officials said, and all employees are required to undergo background checks.
PHOTO of Juan Flores comes courtesy of the El Monte Police Department.
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