Columbus man jailed after allegedly choking, slapping 15-year-old girl

Sarah Robinson

Joseph Walton
Joseph Walton

A 38-year-old man was accused of choking and slapped an underage girl Monday afternoon in a Columbus residence in the 1300 block of Sturkie Drive.

Listed in good condition, the 15-year-old victim didn't have any visible injuries or receive medical treatment after the incident, which was reported to have happened between 4 and 4:30 p.m.

Joseph Walton of Columbus, who was identified as the assailant, was arrested on the scene and charged with one count each of aggravated assault and simple battery. He was booked into Muscogee County Jail, where he awaits his Recorder's Court hearing set for 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Columbus Police said at least one person witnessed the incident.

— Sarah is a crime & safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.