Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Richland County deputies have charged a man who they say assaulted a boy at an after school learning center.

Allen Smith, 50, is charged with cruelty to children.

The 9-year-old victim's mother called deputies on October 20 to say her son had been abused a day earlier at the A&A Community Learning Center on South Highland Forest Drive. According to deputies, her son atttended was attending the center at the time.

Officers say Smith hit the boy with a wooden ruled in the lower body and right forearm, which left bruises on the child's body.

Smith turned himself over to deputies on Thursday.

A&A Community Learning Center's website says it provides after-school and summer programs for children. Smith is listed as the founder.