Police: Columbus man, 38, admits to assaulting teenage girl

Sarah Robinson

Joseph Walton
Joseph Walton

A 15-year-old girl’s visit to see a relative turned violent Monday afternoon when the man allegedly attacked her in a Sturkie Drive residence, according to testimony Wednesday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

Joseph Walton, 38, of Columbus pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and simple battery.

Columbus Police said the victim’s mother took her to the residence around 4 p.m. Monday.

According to Walton’s account of the incident, he and the victim got into an argument after the girl refused to clean the house, police said. That’s when the victim allegedly stuck her finger in his food.

Walton told police he then “grabbed her by the throat,” punched her in the face and threw her to the ground, according to the testifying officer.

Officials said a woman told them that she was outside when she heard the two individuals arguing. When she went inside, she saw Walton choking the girl, police testified.

Authorities said they girl didn’t have any visible injuries but complained of neck pain. She was transported to the hospital immediately following the incident, a police report indicates.

Walton didn’t testify in court. He was given bonds totaling $6,000 bond., and the case was bound over to Superior Court.

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