Two 71-year-old men
have been arrested and charged with child abuse after they were accused of striking a teenager with metal golf ball retrievers
Ronald E. Richardson
and Donald E. Nieto
were arrested after a video of them striking the 15-year-old was shown to law enforcement by the father of the teenager, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports.
The incident, which took place early Saturday afternoon at Shalimar Pointe Country Club, began after a group of four teenagers blew an air horn at golfers teeing off at the ninth hole
, the report stated.
According to Richardson, he and Nieto went to approach the teenagers, but they ran off.
The 15-year-old eventually returned because he had left his jacket behind. When he did, the two men “responded by striking (the teenager) with the golf ball finder to keep him from being able to pick up his jacket
,” the report stated.
Richardson said hehit the teen three or four times on “his back side area … and maybe on his arm.”
He added that the teenager did not threaten him or make him feel in danger.
Nieto initially denied hitting the teenager with the golf ball retriever until he was shown the video shot by another one of the teenagers at the scene, his arrest report stated.
The teenager was not seriously injured in the incident, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michele Nicholson.