Spurgeon pleads 'not guilty' by mental defect

If convicted Spurgeon could face life in prison.

Posted: Jul 16, 2018 3:31 PM

A former foster parent is back in Lauderdale County facing dozens of charges and pleading not guilty in court.

Daniel Spurgeon was extradited to Florence from Florida on Friday. He faces 76 charges of sexual torture, sodomy, rape, child abuse, and human trafficking. His wife, Jenise Sprugeon, also faces charges of child abuse and human trafficking. The couple is accused of abusing foster kids left in their care while they lived in Florence.

The 55 page Grand Jury indictment lays out exactly what Daniel Sprugeon is accused of doing to his victims. Some of his victims were in court as he plead not guilty to these 76 charges by reason of mental defect.

"It's a standard plea when your facing this number of charges and the seriousness of the charges," said Spurgeon's attorney, Tony Hughes. "We just got involved in this case a few months ago and were exploring what happened so we want to keep all options on the table right now."

Spurgeon is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on a $251,000 bond. Jensie Spurgeon is in Florida facing her previous charges.

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