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10:25 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Sentencing Set for Parent Convicted of "Waterboarding"

Melvin Morse
Melvin Morse
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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.