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Published: Wednesday, 11/20/2002

Convoy father convicted of endangering children

VAN WERT, Ohio - A Convoy, Ohio, man who's accused of using a saw blade to discipline his 3-year-old son pleaded guilty yesterday to a reduced charge in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court.

Mark Dealey, 36, pleaded guilty to endangering children under the age of 18, a first-degree misdemeanor. The charge was reduced from a third-degree felony.

Authorities in May charged Mr. Dealey with using the blade to put cut marks on his son. Judge Charles Steele set sentencing for Jan. 8.

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