Clallam County prosecutor Deb Kelly has declined to further press charges against Mark J. Seamands, a man who was acquitted of seconddegree assault for branding his children.
The Peninsula Daily News reported that the county could have pursued charges of fourth-degree assault but declined to do so Friday.
Seamands’ two teenage sons testified that they had wanted to be branded.
The Sequim man was branded himself. He testified he wanted to bring the family closer together while he was divorcing. Seamands’ ex-wife said she was horrified when she saw the scars.
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Seamands’ 18-year-old daughter also was branded, but the dad wasn’t charged because she was old enough to give consent.
The children were branded with the letters “SK,” which stands for “Seamands’ kids.”