On Wednesday, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Coty Penter of Trumann for nine counts of third-degree battery. (Photo courtesy: Stone County Sheriff’s Department)
STONE COUNTY, Ark. (KATV) —
The Stone County Sheriff’s Department arrested a church camp youth counselor after parents alleged he left marks on their children when disciplining them with a switch.
On Wednesday, Sheriff Lance Bonds says a warrant was issued for the arrest of Coty Penter of Trumann for nine counts of third-degree battery on the juveniles.
The sheriff’s department responded to Dump Mountain Road in reference to an abuse call at the Bethel Church Camp on Friday.
According to the sheriff’s department, the juveniles, who were between the ages of 11 and 17, told authorities Penter would tell them to do something, and if they weren’t moving or doing it fast enough, he would strike them with a switch. Authorities say Penter is alleged to have held one of the juveniles down and struck him with a switch numerous times.
The Trumann Police Department assisted in finding Penter.
Penter’s bond has been set at $3,915.
He is scheduled to be in Stone County District Court on July 26, 2017.