A DAD accused of brutally torturing and imprisoning 12 of his 13 children was hit with more charges on Friday.
David Turpin and his wife Louise made international headlines in January when their kids were found shackled and starving inside their squalid home in Perris, California.
The 57-year-old was charged with eight counts of perjury after apparently lying to authorities to obtain a home schooling license.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office said that the dad “certified under penalty of perjury that the children in the home were receiving a full-time education in a private day school.”
The status as a home school may have helped the Turpins avoid scrutiny from child protective services.
The couple has already been charged with 12 counts each of torture and false imprisonment, as well as nine counts of child abuse and seven counts of cruelty to a dependent adult.
A judge also set a preliminary hearing date for the couple, who have previously pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, in June.
The couple each face 94 years to life in prison if convicted on the more than two dozen charges that include torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.
Mr Turpin is also charged with performing a lewd act on a child under 14.
The pair were arrested in January after their 17-year-old daughter managed to escape from the family’s home and call 911.
Authorities said the home reeked of human waste and evidence of starvation was obvious, with the oldest sibling weighing as much as a seven-year-old.
The couple are alleged to have beaten the children, chained them to beds and allowed them just one shower a year, whilst living a nocturnal lifestyle.
Neighbours said the kids were like Twilight film vampires as they were so pale and "only came out at night".
Authorities said the abuse was so long-running the children’s growth was stunted. They said the couple shackled the children to furniture as punishment and had them live a nocturnal lifestyle.
The children, who range in age from 2 to 29, were immediately taken to hospital after their rescue and authorities have since declined to discuss their whereabouts or condition.