A foster father has pleaded guilty to raping a child under 13 after his wife video recorded him twice assaulting the young victim.
Mark Sorensen, 61, of Norton Shores, Michigan, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault and will serve at least 15 years in prison for the multiple rapes.
He had been turned in by his wife Stacy Sorensen, 51, who was convicted in December on charges relating to video evidence
One of the convictions was for destroying initial footage of one of the rapes which took place in the couple’s bedroom, mlive reports.
The woman was convicted by a jury of felony tampering with evidence and failure to report abuse after she deleted the footage. She had watched the footage live, streaming it on her phone, according to a court brief.
‘She closed the program on her phone and continued her day at work,’ a prosecution court brief states.
The wife about ten days later watched her husband again, via live streaming, raping the child, waited about 24 hours, and reported the assault to the Norton Shores Police Department, court records show.
That’s when authorities immediately moved on the husband and arrested him, mlive reports.
The couple also were foster care advocates, which meant they were required to report any abuse to children.
During the wife’s sentencing, a prosecutor charged that the woman had left the young victim alone at home with her ‘rapist’ husband, ‘and nothing was done to take steps to prevent any further sexual assault.’
‘The defendant admitted herself that she used this child as bait to try to catch her husband in this act, and she said that on the stand,’ Muskegon County Assistant Prosecutor Heather Bloomquist said, according to a court transcript.
She was sentenced last month to a year in jail for tampering with evidence. She also got one day in jail for failing to report abuse.
The woman, who works for Mercy Health, a healthcare provider, was allowed daytime release from jail so she can work, court records show.
She also has filed for divorce, according to court records.
Social media posts of her and her husband have remained online, showing both posing with unidentified children.
Comments on Mark Sorenson’s Facebook page include fury over his rape conviction.