Cape Coral foster dad sentenced to 15 years for sexual activity with child

Reporter: Dannielle Garcia Writer: Melissa Montoya
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A man accused of abusing foster children at a Cape Coral home plead guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child in a Lee County court on Tuesday.

Daniel Spurgeon, 52, was arrested in 2016 by the Cape Coral Police Department after an investigation showed he was abusing 10 foster children in his care.

Spurgeon plead no contest to three counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and two counts of child neglect.

Spurgeon will serve 15 years for the Lee County charges, which will run concurrently to a 25-year sentence in Alabama.

Spurgeon will also be designated as a sexual predator and will have no contact with the victims. He will also get credit for time served.

Francine Donnorummo, the prosecutor in the case, said the victims in the case chose not to attend the plea hearing.

The depositions in the case, she said, were “very painful for them.”

Spurgeon was arrested along with his wife Jenise Spurgeon, 57, in the case. The two were then arrested on similar charges in Alabama, where the children are originally from. Jenise Spurgeon bonded out of Lee County Jail but was then picked up as a fugitive from Alabama, jail records show.

In 2019, Spurgeon plead guilty to child abuse, sexual abuse and torture charges in Alabama, where he is set to do 25 years of prison time. He will serve his 15 years in Alabama.

The case against Jenise Spurgeon in Lee County remains open, records show. She is scheduled for a pretrial conference hearing in front of Judge Robert J. Branning on Jan. 5.

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