ATHENS, Ga. — Police have arrested a man on charges of battery and cruelty to children after they said he beat his stepdaughter's boyfriend when he caught the two in the shower.
Athens-Clarke County police on Tuesday responded to a call from Clinton Antonio Ward, 49, who said he had caught teens inside his apartment.
When officers arrived, they spoke with Ward outside the apartment, then entered to talk to the teens.
Ward told police he came home, sat on the couch and heard his 16-year-old daughter talking in the bathroom. He said he initially thought she was on the phone. But once he heard a male's voice, he said he listened closer to make certain she wasn't just speaking to someone on speakerphone. He then sat back on the couch and waited for them to emerge from the bathroom.
According to the police report, when the girl came out of the shower, she saw Ward sitting on the couch in the living room. She said she knew she was in trouble. She was wearing a towel, while her boyfriend, also 16, was nude.
Officers said Ward began cursing and yelling at the teens. As the two retreated to the bedroom, Ward pushed his stepdaughter out of the way and went after the boy. As the boy tried to pick up his clothes and belongings, the police report said Ward pushed the boy up against the wall and punched him in the chest and face. The girl said she also had a red eye from being hit in the face.
Police said Ward left the room and called authorities.
The boy's mother asked officers to press charges against Ward for his attack on her son.
Police arrested Ward and charged him with battery and cruelty to children, both for hitting the boy as well as for allowing his stepdaughter to witness him punching the boy.