Alabama parent sentenced to 25 years for sexually abusing his children


FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A former foster parent in Alabama was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing and torturing 11 children he and his wife adopted or fostered.

News outlets report 50-year-old Daniel Spurgeon was sentenced Monday as part of a deal with no option for parole or early release.

Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Gil Self told Spurgeon the plea was for the benefit of the victims so they wouldn’t be “re-traumatized” by the trial process.

Assistant District Attorney Angie Hamilton read various testimonies from the victims including a statement that said, “Now it’s your turn to be tortured like you did us.”

Spurgeon and his wife Janice were charged two years ago in Florida with 700 counts of child abuse and other crimes.

Janice Spurgeon’s trial is set for October.

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