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Dad accused in hopscotch beating pleads not guilty

Christopher Robison with his attorney, Eric Deters Christopher Robison with his attorney, Eric Deters

BURLINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A Boone County father accused of beating his son over a game of hopscotch was in court Monday morning.

Christopher Robison, 46, pled not guilty.

Robison, who is a teacher at Camp Ernst Middle School, was arrested earlier this month and charged with first degree criminal abuse for allegedly beating his son with a belt for not playing hopscotch well.

Robison told FOX19 following his arrest that he was innocent. He admitted to spanking his 5-year-old son, but said the child was not seriously hurt or crippled.

"I want people to understand that I am not some angry person wanting to beat my kid," says Robison. "Corporal punishment, or the spanking that I did is a means to an end. It's not me getting upset at them or going after my kids, I don't get upset at them like that."

Following his court appearance Monday, Robison and his attorney, Eric Deters, said they were going to fight to get the charged dismissed.

"We're hopeful that maybe the judge will realize there is not probable cause that this criminal abuse in the first degree occurred. And if for some reason is is bound over the grand jury then we are going to request that he testify at the grand jury as well," says Deters.

Robison plans to testify in front of the grand jury and during a pretrial hearing on August 2.

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