B.C. parents convicted of assault for spanking 14-year-old girl who sexted

SALMON ARM , B.C. -- A British Columbia mother and father who used a plastic hockey stick and a skipping rope to spank their 14-year-old daughter have been found guilty of assault with a weapon.

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A provincial court heard the couple from Salmon Arm, B.C., wanted to punish their daughter for sending nude photos to a young man and that instead of being grounded, the teen chose the spanking.

Her father used a mini hockey stick two or three times on his daughter's buttocks over her pyjama pants and when her mother came home, she hit her with a skipping rope.

When the girl went to school with lacerations and bruises, her friends told administrators, who called in RCMP.

Judge Edmond de Walle found the teen could not have consented to such a punishment given the amount of force applied, the use of weapons and seriousness of the assault.

De Walle found the couple guilty of assault, saying they took no steps to get help for the sexting issue, and the corporal punishment was punitive and degrading.



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