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'Desperate' dad who dragged teen through school faces prison

Posted September 20

— 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 and faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Day of New London (http://bit.ly/2ddFMz8 ) 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.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 14.

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