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Peoria couple plead not guilty to abusing adopted daughters

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Johann Glenn Jorg, 61, and his wife, Kimery Lynn Jorg, 53, both of Peoria, are accused of abusing two of their adoptive daughters. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Johann Glenn Jorg, 61, and his wife, Kimery Lynn Jorg, 53, both of Peoria, are accused of abusing two of their adoptive daughters. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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A Peoria couple accused of imprisoning and abusing two of their adopted daughters for as long as five years pleaded not guilty Monday morning.

Johann Glenn Jorg, 61, and his wife, Kimery Lynn Jorg, 53, were arrested June 5 at their home near the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway and Bell Road in Peoria after two of their adoptive daughters outlined a pattern of ongoing physical and psychological abuse at the hands of their parents the mother said was intended to "train" the girls to be "loving and nurturing."

The next scheduled court appearance is Aug. 11 before Commissioner Erin Otis.

Each parent faces four charges of felony intentional child abuse with intent, according to a police statement.

Police said the two girls, ages 11 and 13, were found severely malnourished and emaciated.

The 13-year-old was hospitalized May 30 and in a condition likened to a "concentration camp survivor," according to the statement. 

The girls told police they were forced to run several hours a day, were spanked several times a day with a wooden paddle, and forced to memorize, recite and repeatedly write Bible verses without any mistakes or suffer further punishment, according to an investigating officer's statement.

The oldest was also forced to live in the backyard nude with only a bucket to use as a bathroom, according to the statement.

Neither parent denied punishing the two for lying and stealing, and acknowledged that Kimery Jorg doled out most of the punishment because she was home with the children and that Johann Jorg spanked the children with the wooden paddle and recently shaved the head of the 13-year-old, according to the statement.

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