Wrestling session ends in child abuse arrest


Published: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 11:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 11:47 a.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Sunday morning by deputies after they say he wrestled and choked his 13-year-old stepson.

At around 1:15 a.m., Jerry Osteen, 37, of 2115 SE 30th Drive, were wrestling in a playful manner when Osteen became angry and began wrestling in an aggresive manner, Alachua County Sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said.

Osteen then got on top of the victim and choked him by placing both hands around the boy’s neck, the report said.

According to the boy’s mother, Osteen told the boy, “You tap out or I’ll put you out. I’ll put you to sleep.”

Deputies said the boy escaped and ran to his bedroom, but Osteen followed and yelled at him to apologize to his mother.

The boy told Osteen he would not apologize, and Osteen grabbed him by the arms and wrists in an attempt to force him to apologize. Osteen did not tell deputies why he wanted him to apologize, Forgey said.

Officials contacted the state Department of Children and Families after the incident.

Osteen was charged with one felony count of child abuse, according to the police report. He is being held as of Monday at the Alachua County jail on $10,000 bond.

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