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Date of Issue: November 25, 2009

Man arrested for child abuse

Bradenton Beach police recently arrested Roger T. Guthrie, 43, of Bradenton Beach, for alleged child abuse.

Guthrie

Police said Guthrie, of the 1000 block of Gulf Drive North, was arrested Nov. 14 after spanking a child severely enough to leave bruises that were documented by child protective service authorities, who also are investigating the incident.

Guthrie allegedly was angry with the child for an incident at school. During the punishment Nov. 13, the child fell, suffering a bruise on the face, according to police.

A police report stated that Guthrie said he didn’t realize the strength of the spanking “until after seeing the photos.”

Guthrie was released from the Manatee County jail Nov. 15 after posting a $1,000 bail bond.

He faces a felony charge of child abuse.

Mike Quinn of www.newsmanatee.com contributed to this report.