- Associated Press - Thursday, March 31, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former Johnston school bus driver who hit a 15-year-old special needs student last year has been given probation.

KCCI-TV (https://bit.ly/22Sh3XR ) reports a judge Thursday sentenced 61-year-old Robert Scarbrough to two years of probation along with a no contact order with minors until 2021. The order allows Scarbrough to be near his own children.

Scarbrough pleaded guilty in February to assault causing injury and child endangerment.

He was arrested in October after police determined he grabbed the boy’s coat, hit him in the face and pushed him to the floor. Police said the altercation, which was recorded on cellphone video, began when the student refused to heed his seating assignment and directed an inflammatory comment at the driver.

Prosecutors requested probation and counseling instead of jail time.



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Information from: KCCI-TV, https://www.kcci.com

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