Daniel Spurgeon gets 25 years in child rape, abuse case

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FLORENCE, Ala. - A former Florence man who authorities said spent years sexually and physically abusing children in his care will spend at least the next two decades in prison.

Daniel Wayne Spurgeon, 50, was sentenced Monday morning in Lauderdale County Circuit Court.

Spurgeon pleaded guilty last month to two counts of child rape, one count of sexual torture and 11 counts of aggravated child abuse.

Under the plea agreement reached with prosecutors, Spurgeon received 25 years on the sex abuse charges and 20 years for the other charges. The sentences will run concurrently.

With time served, Spurgeon won't be eligible for release until 2041, since the agreement stipulates no parole.

Spurgeon and his wife Jenise were approved foster parents who lived in Florence until August 2015. In July 2016, police in Cape Coral, Fla., were called to a fast food restaurant on a report of some intoxicated teenagers. Officers found three teens who said their father had given them alcohol.

Investigators looked deeper into the case and said they discovered Daniel Spurgeon had been physically and sexually abusing the foster children.

He and his wife were brought back to Florence to face charges.

Jenise Spurgeon is charged with aggravated child abuse. Police say she choked and smacked the children and prevented them from receiving health care.

She's set to go to trial in October.

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