Florida man receives anger management sentence after attacking teens

A 40-year-old Florida man has been ordered to attend anger management classes after a physical altercation with some teenagers. According to local news publication The Tampa Bay Times, on March 4 at approximately 5 p.m., a group of teens were playing a game when one of them ended up on Mark Parco’s property. Although the young man ran away, Parco chased after him, running down a hill in Port Richey before encountering the whole group. The source reports that Parco yelled at the gang, telling them to stay off his property, prompting the kids to respond by yelling back to leave them alone.

One of the 15-year-old boys testified that Parco approached the group, while the older man insists he was the one being threatened.

“With all of them surrounding me I figured they were going to jump on me,” Parco told the courtroom. “If he’s close enough for me to push he’s in my personal space.”

Parco pushed one boy, causing the teen to retaliate by punching back. When another teen jumped on Parco’s back, the 40-year-old man responded by grabbing the young man’s genitals and not letting go for a minute. When prosecutors asked Parco how this was supposed to be an act of self-defense, he answered that it was instantaneous and he was only “do[ing] what I have to do to survive.”

The jury found Parco guilty of misdemeanor battery after determining he was the aggressor. The judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail, 11 months on probation, $1,000 in court costs and 12 hours of court ordered anger management.

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Carlos Todd PhD LCMHC

Dr. Carlos Todd PhD LCMHC specializes in anger management, family conflict resolution, marital and premarital conflict resolution. His extensive knowledge in the field of anger management may enable you to use his tested methods to deal with your anger issues.


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