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Bus driver faces neglect charge

March 02, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A school bus driver has been charged with felony child neglect for allegedly doing nothing to stop three teenage boys from terrorizing female students on his route.

Court documents say Terry Burch, 67, of Portage failed to prevent physical abuse to the girls or failed to report it.

The documents filed Friday also say Burch did nothing when the three boys -- two 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old -- threatened Burch and others, exposed their genitals on the bus, exposed their buttocks to passing motorists, ignited a flammable body spray and created other disruptions.

Burch denied knowing that such behavior was occurring on the bus, said Cpl. Troy Williams, a Portage Township schools resource officer.

One girl who claims to have been repeatedly groped on the bus told officers she reported the abuse to Burch more than once.

The boys face a variety of charges.

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