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Man used shock therapy on children sentenced to probation


The founder of a controversial school that treats autistic and emotionally disturbed children with shock therapy has made a deal with prosecutors.

Dr. Matthew Israel will leave his post at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center and serve 5 years probation.

Prosecutors say Israel had a Rotenberg employee destroy surveillance tapes from 2007 when workers gave shocks to students after someone posing as a supervisor told them to do so.

Despite the charges, some parents say they are grateful their children attend Israel’s school.

Israel's skin-shock treatments at the special needs school have been condemned by some mental health professionals.

The Canton-based school serves about 225 students.

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