Man Gets Prison For Hard Spanking

A Souderton man has been given 2 1/2 to 5 years in state prison for spanking his girlfriend’s four-year-old son so hard he had severe bruises on his buttocks. 46-year-old Joseph Perkins pleaded guilty to assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  The incident happened in June of last year at his now ex-girlfriend’s home.  The defense argued for leniency, saying Perkins needs mental health treatment, not prison.  Montgomery County Judge William Furber said a background report showed he had mental health treatment in the past, but it did not change his behavior.  He will be on probation for three years after his release from prison, and he is barred from having any contact with his former girlfriend or her son.