Fri April 11, 2014
Sentencing Set for Parent Convicted of "Waterboarding"
GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware pediatrician convicted of waterboarding the daughter of his longtime companion by holding her head under a faucet is facing sentencing on assault and endangerment charges.
Melvin Morse faces a maximum of 10 years in prison at Friday's sentencing, but a lesser punishment is likely under state sentencing guidelines.
Each of the five misdemeanor convictions handed down by a jury in February carries a maximum of one year in prison but typically results in probation.
A felony reckless endangerment conviction for waterboarding carries a maximum of five years in prison but a presumptive sentence of 15 months.
The girl and her mother testified that Melvin Morse used waterboarding as a threat or punishment.
Defense attorneys argued that "waterboarding" was a term jokingly used to describe hair washing.