HB man arrested for child abuse

When a female juvenile was asked to put on her bathing suit, and didn’t, David Johnston, 44, is alleged to have attacked her using a plastic bucket.

According to the police report, Johnston hit the girl in the face with the bucket and slapped her on her upper legs and buttocks to the point of “leaving large red welts.”

Police also observed scratches on the girls face and her eye was bruised from what the child reported as Johnston hitting her with a doorknob.

The incident is alleged to have taken place June 11 at 5801 Marina Drive, and he was arrested at his residence June 12 following the girl’s interview with Florida Child Protective Services.

Holmes Beach police charged Johnston with felony child abuse. As of press time, he was still being held in the Manatee County jail on $5,000 bond.

Johnston is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Friday, July 13.

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