Coun­selor ar­rested on bat­tery charges

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

An Arkansas camp coun­selor was ar­rested on nine counts of bat­tery after he was ac­cused of beat­ing young cam­pers with a switch, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Stone County sher­iff’s deputies were called to Dump Moun­tain Road after get­ting a call about abuse at a “youth camp” at the “Bethel Church Camp,” the re­lease said.

The phone num­ber listed on­line for a Church Camp Bethel, 1123 Dump Moun­tain Road, was dis­con­nected.

After in­ves­ti­gat­ing, au­thor­i­ties learned youth coun­selor Coty Shawn-Pen­ter of Tru­mann “took it upon him­self” to dis­ci­pline the kids, the re­lease said. Pen­ter would or­der the chil­dren, ages 9 to 17, to do a task. If they didn’t move fast enough, he would strike them with a switch, the re­lease said.

The cam­pers told their par­ents about the abuse and had marks and bruises on their bod­ies, au­thor­i­ties said.

Pen­ter left the youth camp be­fore au­thor­i­ties ar­rived. A war­rant was is­sued Wed­nes­day, and Pen­ter was later ar­rested on nine counts of third-de­gree bat­tery of ju­ve­niles, the re­lease said.

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