Foster father sentenced to three years in prison for scalding girl

Trevor M. Emptage, 29, a White City Oregon former foster parent pleaded guilty to second-degree felony assault and was sentenced to three years in prison for placing a 1-year-old girl under scalding bath water after she defecated in the tub.
 Two additional counts of first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment were dismissed in the plea agreement negotiated between Jackson County prosecutor Adam Peterson and Emptage's public defender, Michael Bertholf.

Second-degree assault is a Measure 11 crime which typically carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 70 months in the state penitentiary under Oregon's sentencing guidelines. But the state has an "opt out" clause that allowed Emptage's sentence to be reduced to 34 months because of his lack of criminal history, Peterson said.