Alton Walter (pictured), a Richmond County Georgia Sheriff’s deputy is facing felony charges of false imprisonment and cruelty to children in the first degree for allegedly handcuffing a 12-year-old boy to a pole, then beating and tasering him, reports WRDW News.
The child’s mother, who has not been identified, reportedly called upon her friend Walter to speak to her son about his unruly behavior. According to WRDW, the deputy, who was off-duty, went to the woman’s home when she was not present and reportedly took it upon himself to physically discipline the child. While at the home, Walters allegedly handcuffed the child to a basketball goal, slapped the boy across his face several times, punched him in the stomach and tasered him.
A neighbor, who claimed to have witnessed Walters abusing the crying boy when he peeped over his fence summoned authorities. The unidentified man also told authorities he also saw Walters using his baton on the child, states the news outlet.
Based upon the evidence that has been presented thus far, Walters has not only been criminally charged but fired, effective immediately from his position as a deputy as well.
Meanwhile, the boy was examined by EMS workers who were also summoned to the scene.
The investigation is still ongoing.