State Agency Investigating Lakeside Group Home
Agency Looking Into Group Home Where Sex Offender Joseph Cantorna Was Arrested
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10News has uncovered new information regarding the San Diego psychologist who owns the Lakeside group home where registered sex offender Joseph Cantorna was arrested last Sunday for allegedly fondling two boys.10News has been trying to track down San Diego psychologist Steven LeFort to find out why Cantorna was allowed to roam freely in a neighborhood full of children despite his developmentally disabled status and his attraction to children.10News went to Dr. Lefort's house in University Heights several times and his office in La Mesa. Most recently, 10News visited another group home LeFort owns in El Cajon, but Dr. LeFort was still nowhere to be found.Tax documents obtained by 10News reveal LeFort currently owns and operates three group homes for the developmentally disabled. One home is in El Cajon and two are in Lakeside. Tax documents also reveal LeFort paid himself at least $166,000 a year under his tax-exempt organization called "Expanding Horizons," which is the same name he uses to rent the homes back to himself for more than $100,000 a year.The San Diego Regional Center along with the state's Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division is accountable for LeFort's group homes and hundreds of others like them."In your opinion, is Expanding Horizons a legitimate operation?" asked 10News Reporter Preston Phillips."I can't answer that... [In] cases like this, we conduct our investigations and we're not there yet," said Carlos Flores, the executive director of the San Diego Regional Center. "We're looking into it very very closely."Flores told 10News his agency currently provides services for 19,000 developmentally disabled adults throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties, with 24 of them registered sex offenders. Flores said his agency does not have the right to turn sex offenders away, but is responsible for making sure nearby residents are safe and aware."Would you consider dropping a provider like Expanding Horizons after what's taken place?" asked Phillips."I'm going to withhold that until we're done looking into it," answered Flores.County supervisor Dianne Jacob has invited residents of that Lakeside neighborhood, the district attorney's office, the Sheriff's Department and Dr. LeFort to a meeting on Oct. 6 to discuss what happened and ideas to prevent similar events in the future.