A former foster care provider whose wife secretly videotaped him twice sexually assaulting a child has pleaded guilty to two counts of rape.
Mark Andrew Sorensen, 61, of Norton Shores likely will serve at least 15 years in prison after pleading guilty as charged to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charges involve sexual penetration of a victim under the age of 13.
Muskegon County Circuit Judge Timothy Hicks has agreed to a minimum sentence not to exceed 180 months, or 15 years, according to court records. The maximum sentence is life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 4.
The pedophile and his wife, Stacy Sorensen, were foster care providers and Court Appointed Special Advocates for child victims of abuse and neglect, court documents show. Because they were CASA advocates, the Sorensens were required to report abuse.
Before he retired, Sorensen was a foster care worker for 12 years, according to court documents.
Stacey Sorensen, 51, was convicted by a jury of felony tampering with evidence and failure to report abuse after she deleted a video recording of her husband raping the child in their bedroom. She watched on her phone as the rape occurred via live streaming of a security camera, according to a court brief.
“She closed the program on her phone and continued her day at work,” a prosecution court brief states.
When she again saw her husband via live streaming video raping the child 10 days later, she waited a day and then went to Norton Shores police, according to court records. Mark Sorensen was immediately arrested.
At Stacy Sorensen’s sentencing, Muskegon County Assistant Prosecutor Heather Bloomquist said Stacy Sorensen left the victim “alone in the home for 11 days with (their) rapist, and nothing was done to take steps to prevent any further sexual assault.”
“The defendant admitted herself that she used this child as bait to try to catch her husband in this act, and she said that on the stand,” Bloomquist said, according to a court transcript.
Defense attorney Chris Houghtaling told Muskegon County Circuit Judge Annette Smedley that Stacy Sorensen was very remorseful, but denied that she used the child as “bait.”
Stacy Sorensen was sentenced in January to a year in jail for tampering with evidence and one day in jail for failing to report abuse. An employee of Mercy Health, she was allowed daytime release from jail so she can work, court records show.
She also has filed for divorce, according to court records.