TAVARES, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida man reportedly threatened a 13-year-old boy with a BB gun as part of football training.
The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports that 41-year-old Robert Lynn Barker was firing the pellet gun into the air Saturday to motivate the boy after he fell ill at a football game earlier that day. Barker reportedly told the teen he needed more conditioning and ordered him to run 20-yard sprints while wearing football equipment in the hot sun.
An anonymous caller reported the incident. Barker told deputies that he never actually pointed the BB gun at the teen.
Barker was arrested and charged with child abuse and assault with a firearm. He was later released on $10,000 bail.
Authorities are not identifying the boy or his relationship to Barker.