LMPD use JCPS bus surveillance video to aid criminal investigation

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 7:41 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Louisville Metro Police are trying to get to the bottom of what happened inside of a JCPS school bus.

It is now a criminal investigation that could leave some children facing charges. There is video that shows some of what happened on the bus. Now police are trying to fill in the gaps.

“There certainly is evidence to suggest there was at a minimum inappropriate contact going on inside of the bus. Most of the allegations we are receiving at this point stem around clothes tearing. It also involves some type of inappropriate groping and that’s at a minimum that we’ve observed on the video tape,” said Sergeant Robert Biven with LMPD.

The incident happened last Tuesday. The bus was dropping kids off from Lassiter Middle School when the commotion broke out. The next day a parent called the school and the school resource officer called the police.

“There was a video system installed on this bus that’s allowed us to identify all the parties involved in this incident. We’ve scheduled numerous interviews this week. Once we finish our investigation we are going to confer with the county attorney’s office as to get a review of the file and get a recommendation on how to proceed,” said Sgt. Biven.

Police tell WHAS11 there is at least one alleged female victim but maybe two.

Jefferson County Public School officials say five students from Lassiter Middle School now have long term suspensions. The bus driver who was in charge that day has been removed from the bus pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police say the video is about 15-20 minutes long and detectives are carefully reviewing that now.

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