San Francisco Court Frees Dad Who Spanked Son With Belt

Man was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and battery.

A San Francisco father was acquitted of child abuse charges this week for spanking his 11-year-old son with a belt.

Allan Rivera, 32, was found not guilty of misdemeanor child abuse and battery charges for disciplining his son with a belt after he allegedly misbehaved in church.

"The law states that a parent may use physical discipline as a form of correction as long as it does not cause lasting injury or seriously endanger the child’s health," Tamara Barak Aparton, a spokeswoman for Public Defender Jeff Adachi, told The San Francisco Examiner.

Rivera was arrested in March after his ex-wife called the police to report bruising on her son's body.

The child told authorities he was hit with a belt three separate times.

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