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Babysitters accused of using dog shock collar on girl

A husband has pleaded guilty and his wife is facing charges after investigators said the couple used a dog shock collar on a girl they were babysitting.

Mark Alan McSorley, 40, of the 10400 block of Blackwell Road outside Gold Hill, pleaded guilty Nov. 24 to charges of third-degree assault and tampering with a witnes.

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 15 to 18 months in prison, according to terms of a plea arrangement.

Mark McSorley is banned from being a child care provider, either paid or unpaid.

Christina Lynne McSorley, 42, also of Blackwell Road, entered not guilty pleas Wednesday to charges of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and harassment. She has a pre-trial conference scheduled Jan. 29 in Jackson County Circuit Court.

She was released from the Jackson County Jail after posting $10,000 on $100,000 bail.

According to a probable cause affidavit by investigators, the McSorleys had been babysitting the three daughters of a woman on Oct. 22.

One of the girls said Mark McSorley pinned her, grabbed her arm and put a dog shock collar on her forearm as a punishment. He then told his wife to turn on the shock collar and it shocked her, the affidavit said.

Another of the girls said she saw Christina McSorley shock her sister five times. She said she tried to stop Christina McSorley from shocking her sister, but Christina McSorley continued to shock her sister.

The McSorleys stopped shocking the girl when the oldest daughter came into the room. The couple blamed the sister who was present for shocking the little girl, the affidavit said.

The older sister said she didn’t see the shocking take place, but she heard Mark McSorley chasing her sister through the house to catch her. The older sister said she heard her little sister screaming and the noises the shock collar makes when it’s on, the affidavit said.

All three girls said the McSorleys told them not to tell their mother what had happened, the affidavit said.

Later, the girls’ mother learned what happened and rushed the little girl to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford on the evening of Oct. 22. A police officer responded, touching off the investigation, which included interviews with the girls about the incident, the affidavit said.

The McSorleys do not have prior criminal cases in Oregon circuit court records.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

Mark Alan McSorley and Christina Lynne McSorley