Man Convicted Of Dragging Daughter In School

NEW LONDON, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – A Connecticut man who gave his 13-year-old daughter bruises and rug burns when he dragged her through school has been convicted of risk of injury to a minor.

The Day of New London reports that a six-member jury deliberated for about four hours before convicting 35-year-old Mark Thornton on Monday. He was acquitted of second-degree breach of peace.

Prosecutors say the Mashuntucket man dragged the eighth-grader by the wrists and ankles from outside a classroom to the main office in September 2015 after she refused to leave with him for a counseling appointment.

Thornton testified in his own defense that he was in “desperate straits” because the girl kept running away.

He faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for November 14.

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