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Wis. Teen Punches Gay Man, Charged With Hate Crime

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 17-year-old is charged with a hate crime for allegedly punching another bus passenger who is gay.

Jayvon Flemming, of Madison, was charged Wednesday with battery to a public transit passenger as a hate crime. According to the complaint, he and two others allegedly teased another man about being gay before Flemming punched him as they left a public bus Sunday.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Flemming had lived in the same foster home as the alleged victim in 2009.

The complaint quotes Flemming as telling police he previously told the man that if he ever saw him outside the foster home, he was going to “hit him in the mouth.”

The complaint says the alleged attack was also caught on security video.

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