‘Horror House’ Dad Also Charged With Lewd Act on a Child

The California couple who ran a “horror house,” allegedly abusing and holding their 13 children captive, plead not guilty on Thursday to torture, abuse and false imprisonment charges.

David Turpin, 56, and wife Louise Turpin, 49, were charged with 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, six counts of child abuse or neglect and 12 counts of false imprisonment, Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin said in a press release.

David Turpin was also charges with one count of lewd act on a child under the age of 14 by force, fear or duress, though details of that charges are unknown.

The couple who showed no emotion during their first court appearance on Thursday, are due back in court on February 23.

If convicted, each could face 94 years to life in prison.

David and Louise Turpin

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