ATHENS, Ga. – Athens-Clarke County Police arrested a 49-year-old man Tuesday on charges of battery and cruelty to children after they said he caught his daughter's boyfriend in the shower with her.
Police responded to a call from Clinton Antonio Ward, who said he had caught teens inside his apartment.
When officers arrived, they spoke with Ward outside the apartment, then entered to talk to the teens. Ward's 16-year-old stepdaughter was showering with her 16-year-old boyfriend when Ward came home.
Officer said Ward came home and sat on the couch. He said he heard his daughter talking in the bathroom, and initially thought she was on the phone. But once he heard a male's voice, he said he listened closer to make certain she wasn't just speaking to someone on speaker phone. He then sat back on the couch and waited for them to emerge from the bathroom.
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According to the police report, when she came out of the shower, she saw Ward sitting on the couch in the living room. She said she knew she was in trouble. She was wearing a towel, while her boyfriend was nude.
Officers said Ward began cursing and yelling at the two of them. As the two retreated to the bedroom, Ward pushed his stepdaughter out of the way and went after the boy. As the boy tried to pick up his clothes and belongings, the police report said Ward pushed the boy up against the wall and punched him in the chest and face. The girl said she also had a red eye from being hit in the face.
Police said Ward left the room and called police.
The boy's mother asked officers to press charges against Ward for his attack on her son.
Police arrested Ward and charged him with battery and cruelty to children, both for hitting the boy as well as for allowing his stepdaughter to witness him punching the boy.
Family members and friends have set up a Facebook page and a gofundme account to raise funds for Ward's legal support. According to the gofundme site, Ward has been a welder for seven years but was fired over the negative publicity resulting from his arrest.