Ohio father David Liskany of Paintersville has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for 'disciplining' his children with a dog shock collar. Iskany had already pleaded guilty to charges of felonious assault and attempted felonious assault.
In court on Friday, Greene County Common Pleas Judge J Timothy Campbell compared the punishments to torture. see ads for dog-shock collars here
The judge said Liskany punished the children in 2006 and 2007 by putting them in cold showers, holding them underwater and using the shock collar, which is commonly used to train dogs.
The 39-year-old father admitted that he used a dog-shock collar on his young sons and threw his toddler- daughter into a backyard pool as forms of discipline. A law officer testified to finding during his investigations that during an extensive 'period of chastisement', the man had made the children prisoners in their own home.
Reporter Christopher Magan of the Dayton Daily News reports that 'despite pleas from family members to keep him out of jail, the Paintersville man who admitted to using shock collars to discipline his children will spend 16 years in prison'.
He cited Judge Campbell as saying that Liskany 'had a Jekyll and Hyde-like personality that inflicted lifelong trauma on three of his four children. "You have damaged your children for life," Campbell said. "You don't put shock collars on children."
Child walked 20 miles in snowstorm to get away from daddy:
The abuse came to investigators' attention when Liskany's teenage son was reported missing last year during a snowstorm. The boy walked nearly 20 miles over two days to a relative's home where he knew he'd be safe, said Sheriff's Capt. Eric Spicer.
Spicer described the long period of abuse endured by the Liskany children as the worst he had seen in his career. "No doubt about it," he said after the sentencing. "This was a prolonged period of abuse that was systematic."
Burnt child's feet with hot water
Liskany also had a past conviction in Warren County for burning his child's feet with hot water, according to police.
Family members and Liskany's wife Wendy, who has filed for divorce, begged Campbell for leniency.
"I don't feel incarcerating him is going to help him," his wife said. "He does not pose a threat to society, he did pose a threat to my children at one point in time."
Wendy added that she would have a hard time supporting her children without David working and said that the oldest boys were abused while in foster care.J
Judge Campbell and investigators said however that Wendy shared some of the blame. "I certainly think she has some culpability," Spicer said. "The evidence is clear, she knew what was going on." see
After a psychiatric examination had found that he was not clinically insane while committing these acts, the father had pleaded guilty on Monday, Oct. 27 in Greene County Common Pleas Court to felonious assault and attempted felonious assault in a plea bargain deal. He was sentenced this week..
The judge said the case sounded "like something from Guantanamo Bay" (the alleged torture methods which were being used against the US military prisoners at this infamous prison on Cuba).
The children are now 5, 12 and 14. see