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Three Fined for Sending Shocks to Co-worker with Dog Collar

March 23, 1995

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) _ Three men who shocked a mentally disabled co-worker with an electronic dog collar have been convicted of misdemeanor assault.

General District Judge George Jones fined each man $100 and imposed 10-day suspended jail sentences Wednesday.

One of the workers, Ricky L. Moore, brought out the collar during a break at MW Manufacturers Inc., a window-manufacturing plant. The collar emits a shock when a button is pressed by remote-control.

Several workers were trying it on their hands when James O’Neal came along and said he didn’t know what it was. He testified they told him it was a lie-detector test and put it around his leg.

O’Neal told them it was OK because he didn’t lie. The men asked him some questions, and Moore pushed the button on the fourth answer, O’Neal said.

``It shocked me, it felt like an electric fence going through my leg,″ he said. ``I told them to take it off.″

O’Neal wasn’t injured. Moore, Kevin Scott Smith and Charles G. English were suspended without pay, and later resigned.

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