ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Michael Vargas Sr., 40, was found guilty Tuesday of 24 counts of child abuse, including using a Taser on his foster children, District Attorney Matt Chandler told the Clovis News Journal.
Vargas could get up to 72 years in prison, Chandler said.
State District Judge Teddy Hartley ordered the adult probation office to prepare a pre-sentence report to be completed in about 30 days, after which the judge will make a final decision on Vargas’ sentence, the News Journal said.
In October 2010, two children reported to a social worker at their elementary school that they were being Tased by their foster family, according to Chandler, who said the abuse occurred over a two-month period, the paper reported.
“The older child of the two had 24 burn marks when he was examined by a social worker — it was a cruel and ruthless act,” Chandler said.
Vargas’ wife and son were placed on probation as part of a plea bargain, the News Journal said.