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Juvenile allegedly punched by Kromer had visible injuries to face

In a press conference Monday, the Walton County Sheriff's Office said the victim allegedly punched by Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer had “some swelling and some bruising” to the left side of his face when deputies responded.

Kromer was arrested early Sunday morning on a misdemeanor battery charge. Two hours later, he was released on $1,000 bond.

Public Affairs coordinator Corey Dobridnia said the department hoped to have its investigation done by Tuesday.

A redacted arrest report was released by the sheriff's office on Monday, disclosing a few more details on the incident. Kromer is accused of pushing and punching a juvenile in the face over the use of beach chairs and then threatening to kill his family if he told police. Dobridnia indicated the ages of the victims would not be made public until the case went to court and that becomes "public knowledge."

Deputies were told that Kromer and the boys have been "friendly" in the past and that Kromer has allowed them to use his beach chairs in the past. Dobridnia added that investigators are not able to tell if alcohol was a factor.

One new detail revealed in the arrest report was that Zachery Kromer, the coach's 21-year-old son, helped the boys retrieve their fishing pole after his father's alleged push/punch/threat. He has not been charged, but is listed on the report as an "other suspect."

The state's attorney will determine the first court appearance, per Dobridnia. Kromer may request a speedy trial.

Dobridnia added that Kromer has requested a lawyer and hasn't made a statement to police yet.

 

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