WESLEY CHAPEL — A 41-year-old was charged Sunday with child abuse after he told a 15-year-old he would be "beaten like a man" when the teen refused to allow a belt whipping, authorities said.
Joseph Alvin Crain, of 6429 Woodsman Drive, instead punched the teen in the head and chest, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. During questioning, he denied punching the boy but said he hit the teen six times on the buttocks with the belt. Deputies examined the teen and found no marks on the legs or rear end but did find bruises on his head and chest consistent with being hit, the report said. The teen declined medical treatment.
Crain, who is listed as an electrician on the sheriff's report, was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail, where he was released on $5,000 bail. His arrest came a week after belt whippings as punishments made national news when the daughter of a family law judge in Texas published a secret video of her father beating her seven years ago when she was 16.