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Pinellas sheriff's employee charged with child abuse

Pinellas County deputies have arrested a sheriff's employee and accused him of beating a teenager so badly the boy was scarred.

Willye Shaw, 41, was charged Monday with one count of child abuse on a 16-year-old boy, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Shaw, a technical support specialist for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, is on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.

Detectives said that, on multiple occasions between 2012 and 2014, Shaw made the child strip down to his boxer shorts and struck him repeatedly with a belt. Deputies say the beatings left a 6-inch scar on the boy's right arm and a circular scar along with two smaller scars on his left knee.

Detectives say Shaw admitted striking the child with a belt.