A Georgia man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly assaulting a teenage boy he found showering with his stepdaughter.
Clinton Antonio Ward, 49, told Athens-Clarke County Police he caught his stepdaughter and her friend, both 16, coming out of the bathroom in their home. According to the police report, Ward said he came home and heard his stepdaughter talking to someone in the bathroom, but thought she was on the phone. When he heard a male voice, Ward decided to sit on the couch and wait for the pair to emerge.
Law enforcement officials say Ward began yelling expletives at the teens when they exited the bathroom. The young man, who was naked, tried to grab his clothes, but Ward allegedly pushed him against the wall and punched him in the face and chest. Reportedly, Ward’s stepdaughter also sustained injuries from being struck in the face.
After assaulting the teens, Ward left the room and called the police.
The teenage boy’s mother pressed charges against Ward for attacking her son. He was arrested and charged with battery and cruelty to children for hitting the teen and allowing his stepdaughter to witness the beating.
Ward’s story echoes a recent incident that ended in the death of a teen. Earlier this month, a Houston man fatally shot 17-year-old Johran McCormick after catching him in bed with his daughter who initially lied and said the boy was an intruder.