Oregon man pleads guilty to using dog shock collar on child

GOLD HILL, Ore. (AP) — A man has been sentenced for using a dog shock collar on a girl he was babysitting at a home outside Medford.

Mark McSorley, 40, pleaded guilty in November to charges of third-degree assault and tampering with a witness, The Mail Tribune reported. He was sentenced to three years probation and 30 days in jail with credit for time served. If his probation is revoked, he can be sentenced to to more than a year in prison, according to terms of a plea arrangement. He also is barred from being a child care provider.

Christina McSorley, Mark McSorley’s wife, entered not guilty pleas Wednesday to charges of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and harassment.

According to a probable cause affidavit by investigators, Mark McSorley while caring for three children on Oct. 22 pinned one child, grabbed her arm and put a dog shock collar on her forearm as a punishment. He told Christina McSorley to turn on the shock collar and it shocked her, the affidavit said.

Another child said she saw Christina McSorley shock her sister five times. All three children said the McSorleys told them not to tell their mother what had happened, the affidavit said.

The children’s mother learned what happened and took the child to a hospital, prompting a police investigation.

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