James Ronald “Ron” Singleton, 52, the chaplain for Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina and minister of the Limestone Street United Methodist Church, found himself under arrest on a charge of child abuse on Monday after DSS called police to the Gaffney High School last Friday where they found his 13-year-old son had been savagely beaten.
The boy told police that his injuries were the result of a beating his father had given him which resulted in him bleeding on the floor from his nose and mouth. He told police that his father had forced him to clean his own blood from the floor after the beating.
The police report noted bruises and swelling on both sides of the boy’s face and a bruise on his upper thigh where his father had struck him with a belt.
The report said that Singleton admitted to police that he had slapped his son several times in the face and head and that he had held him down on the floor with his foot.
Gaffney Police Chief Rick Turner said that his department had responded to a call from the county DSS after the boy told them that his father had beaten him. He said that the officer who responded to the call reported that Singleton had admitted striking his son.
Singleton posted $474 bail and was released from the Cherokee County Detention Center.
DSS has set up a 45-day safety plan for the family and Singleton and his wife will only be allowed to have supervised visits with their son.
Limestone College president Walt Griffin said that Singleton had been with the college since 2004 and issued a statement saying:
“We are aware of the incident involving Ron Singleton. I have suspended Mr. Singleton without pay from Limestone College pending the outcome of the case.”
Watch a report on the arrest from WYFF below.