August 11, 2006
Father Acquitted After Taking Son on a "Scared Straight" Visit to Juvenile Detention
A father and four guards at a juvenile detention center were acquitted Thursday of breaking the law by taking the man's teenage son on a frightening visit to the lockup in hopes of scaring him straight.''I don't think what you did rises to criminal conduct,'' Judge David Cashman said in acquitting the five men on charges that included conspiracy, child endangerment and unlawful restraint. ''Stupid, maybe. Immature. But not criminal.'' Anthony Donald, 39, of Penn Hills, was charged for taking his son Anthony Jr., then 13, to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center in 2005 after the boy got in trouble at school. The father knew several guards at the Pittsburgh center. In a one-hour visit, the boy was beaten and yelled at, then forced to partially strip and clean a sink with a toothbrush, authorities said.
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