Man arrested after battering teenager


A 22-year-old Seymour man was arrested Saturday after police said he battered a teenage youth.

Daniel Leroy Thompson faces preliminary Class A misdemeanor charges of battery and disorderly conduct following an incident in downtown Seymour.

He also faces preliminary Class B misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and criminal recklessness.

Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes said the incident started when Thompson made inappropriate comments to underage girls who were walking near Chestnut and Third streets during Scoop the Loop. Police were called to the scene around 8:30 p.m.

A 16-year-old boy who was with the group told Thompson to stop making the comments.

“At that point, Thompson began striking the 16-year-old male in the face and head,” Hayes said.

Police also said Thompson knocked the boy to the ground and kicked him.

When officers arrived, Hayes said Thompson was yelling and was being restrained by a group of people.

The youth was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, where he was treated and released, Hayes said.

Witnesses videoed the incident on their phones, which police recovered as evidence, police said.

Thompson was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 9:19 p.m. and was being held on a $705 bond.

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