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Officials: Sebring man hit boy over school grades

SEBRING — A Sebring man was arrested after being accused of striking a 15-year-old boy in the face, according to a report released Thursday.

Carmelo Rivera, 45, no address given, was arrested Oct. 15 by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with aggravated child abuse.

The arrest came after the boy told authorities that Rivera punched him in the face during an argument over the boy’s discipline problems in school, the report said.

A deputy saw that the teenager’s face had swelled in the left cheek and eye area and that bruising occurred there, the report said.

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