The father who held his 13 children hostage in a house of horrors is facing additional charges of perjury, RadarOnline.com has learned.
David Turpin was charged on Friday, March 4, with eight new counts of perjury for allegedly filing false documents from 2010 to 2017 with the California Department of Education that said his children were receiving full-time education in a private day school.
As RadarOnline.com readers know, Turpin and his wife, Louise, were arrested and charged with multiple felony counts of torture, false imprisonment and abuse after authorities found the children, ages 2 to 29, living in fear and squalor in the Turpins' Perris, Calif. Home.
The Turpins appeared in Riverside Superior Court on Friday, but David has yet to enter a plea on the eight new counts, said John Hall, a spokesman with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
David, 56, and Louise, 49, were arrested on Jan. 14, 2018 after their 17-year old child escaped the house of horrors by climbing out of a window and then calling 911.
David Turpin will be arraigned on the new counts on May 18 and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 20. If convicted of all charges, the Turpins each face a maximum sentence of life in prison. In California, a charge of torture carries a potential life sentence, Hall said.
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