Paul Kim ‘beat boy, 15, with thick metal pole after parents outsourced the beating of their son
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 39-year-old man Friday after he allegedly used a metal pole to strike a 15-year-old boy in the back of the legs because the man thought the boy was lying about smoking.
Teachers at the boy’s school noticed he had severe bruising on the backs of his legs on Dec. 6 and filed a report with Child Protective Services, according to a news release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Irvine police officers responded to the boy’s home in Irvine.
The officers learned that the boy’s father dropped him off at the Chino Hills home of Paul Kim, 39, who attends the same La Habra church as the boy’s family, according to the news release. The boy’s father found a lighter in his possession and believed his son had been smoking.
Kim spoke to the boy about the lighter and believed him to be lying, according to the news release. After receiving permission from the boy’s father, Kim struck the boy about 12 times on the backs of his legs with a metal pole about 1 inch in diameter.
Irvine police contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Crimes Against Children Detail, who arrested Kim on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child. He was booked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. His bail was set at $100,000.
Sheriff’s investigators received information that other families at the La Habra church have used Kim in the same capacity, according to the news release.