Sentencing delayed for NW Pa. pastor, wife

KANE, Pa. (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed indefinitely for a northwestern Pennsylvania pastor and his wife who pleaded no contest to child endangerment charges after they were accused of underfeeding three adopted children.

The Bradford Era reports Monday's sentencing for 43-year-old Mark Hooper and 40-year-old Susan Hooper, of Mount Jewett, has been postponed at the request of their attorneys. Online court records don't list a new sentencing date.

The charges involving the children, who range in age from 9 to 11, grew out of a state police investigation that began when the youngest child ran away from home last February.

The children have testified they were punished by having meals withheld.

The couple avoided trial by entering the no contest pleas in December.

Mark Hooper entered the plea to one count, while Susan pleaded to three counts.

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Information from: The Bradford Era, http://www.bradfordera.com