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Published: Tuesday, 3/22/2011

Dad who caged kids is released


NORWALK, Ohio -- A man who forced some of his 11 adopted, special-needs children to sleep in cages has been released from prison, five days after his wife.

A prison spokesman says 62-year-old Michael Gravelle was released about 9 a.m. Monday from the Hocking Correctional Facility in Nelsonville in southeast Ohio.

He and his wife, Sharen Gravelle, served two years on child abuse and endangering convictions. Sharen Gravelle was released on Wednesday.

Both must serve three years of probation.

The Gravelles lost custody of the children in 2006. They said they used wire and wood enclosures at their Norwalk home to protect children who they said were destructive.

The case led the state to increase oversight when multiple special-needs children are living in one home.

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