UPDATE | Name released of Deputy accused of physically abusing 12-year-old

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Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2015

RICHMOND CO., Ga. (WRDW) -- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a now former deputy accused of handcuffing a 12-year-old to a basketball goal and abusing him.

According to The Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Alton Walter is accused of going to a friend's house to provide discipline for what's being described as an unruly 12-year-old boy on Tuesday. There, the off-duty uniformed deputy allegedly hit the child in the face with his hand several times, punched him in the stomach, and threatened him with his Taser.

The report states Walker is accused of striking the child in his legs and ASP baton but the only visible marks shown on the child were on his wrist.

The mother tells 12 she wasn't home at the time and she just wanted Walker to talk to her son, not beat him.

A witness says he heard the boy crying and looked over fence to see the deputy Tasing and closed fist punching the boy. The witness says he even saw Walker use his baton.

Deputies responded to the call around 8 p.m. Tuesday. After deputies gathered information, evidence, and talked with the District Attorney's office, Walker was detained with criminal charges pending, Richmond County Sheriff's Office Lt. Allan Rollins said.

Investigators obtained arrest warrants for Deputy Walker for felony charges of False Imprisonment and Cruelty to Children in the 1st Degree, according to a release from Rollins.

Authorities say because Deputy Walker was representing himself as a Richmond County deputy, the warrants had to be signed by a Superior Court judge, which was done Wednesday morning.

Based on this incident, Deputy Walker was terminated from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, effective immediately, according to the sheriff's office.

The juvenile was checked at the scene by EMS. Deputy Walker was not related to the juvenile.

This investigation is ongoing.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2015

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- In a release, The Richmond County Sheriff's Office said a deputy is accused of physically abusing a 12-year-old.

The release said deputies responded to a home on Anne Street Tuesday night where the alleged abuse was reported. The allegations are being coordinated with the District Attorney's office and they expect there to be criminal charges, according to the sheriff's office.

The release said the alleged abuse happened while the deputy was uniformed, but off-duty.