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Man who used stun gun to discipline 7 children deemed incompetent to stand trial

Posted: 1:22 PM, Aug 14, 2017
Updated: 2017-08-14 21:45:39Z

One Polk County man accused of torturing multiple children will be let go.

William Angel Morales-Torres and three others were arrested for using stun guns to discipline children in July of 2016.

According to the State Attorney's Office the court found William Angel Morales-Torres incompetent to proceed in trial.

Experts say committing Morales-Torres to the State Hospital was not an option.

State Attorney, Brian Haas, released a statement saying the defendants' release poses significant risk to the public.

Eduardo Vazquez plead guilty to nine counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child, seven counts of aggravated child abuse, two counts of false information to a law enforcement officer and tampering with physical evidence. He will ace 20 years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation.

Elizabeth Tarvin pled to six counts of child neglect and one count of neglect of a child with great bodily harm on March 1 and was sentenced to 10 years of prison, followed by 10 years of probation.

Veronica Sanchez is still in jail and has not yet been sentenced.

State Attorney Brian Haas released the following statement:

"The Court found the Defendant incompetent to proceed.  Based on the opinions of the court appointed experts, commitment to the State Hospital was not an option.  Given the nature of the charges in this case, the release of the defendant potentially poses a significant risk to the public.  This case is not over. We are hopeful that the defendant’s competency will be restored, allowing the prosecution to proceed as it has for each of his co-defendants.

Because this is a pending case, we cannot comment further on Morales-Torres. As for his co-defendants, two received prison sentences and the third still has a case pending."