Daniel and Jenise Spurgeon (Florence police)

By Ashley Remkus

A Florida couple is accused of hundreds of sex crimes involving 11 young children in Alabama, authorities said.

The charges leveled against Daniel W. Spurgeon and Jenise R. Spurgeon stem from allegations of abuse sustained by their foster and adopted children when they lived in Alabama years ago, Florence police said.

The allegations have been under investigation since Florida authorities contacted Florence police last July about crimes that occurred in Cape Coral. The Florida investigation led police to believe children in Alabama also may have been abused, said Florence police Sgt. Brad Holmes.

Daniel Spurgeon is charged with 115 counts of first-degree sex abuse, 122 counts of child abuse, four counts of first-degree sodomy, four counts of sexual torture, three counts of domestic violence by strangulation or suffocation, six counts of first-degree rape, 115 counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes, six counts of incest and 11 counts of first-degree human trafficking.

Jenise Spurgeon is charged with 100 counts of child abuse, one count of domestic violence by strangulation of suffocation, 11 counts of first-degree human trafficking, 100 counts of endangering the welfare of a child and 100 counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes.

Holmes said the victims’ ages range from toddlers to teenagers. The abuse occurred when the Spurgeons lived in a neighborhood off Jackson Road in north Florence. The couple moved to Florida in 2015.

Police brought the charges after conducting multiple interviews and gathering substantial evidence, Holmes said.

The Spurgerons are jailed other charges in Florida, but police are arranging extradition back to Alabama.

Florence police are asking anyone with information about any additional victims or the abuse to call 256-760-6500. The Alabama Department of Human Resources also is involved in the investigation.

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