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Bus driver suspended, accused of pinching child

Dennis Chapman

(Updated Nov. 3, 9:13 p.m.)      

Bus driver suspended, accused of pinching child

A Taylorsville resident who worked as an Alexander County Schools bus driver has been accused of pinching an elementary school student in the buttocks and is facing criminal charges.

Taylorsville Police Detective Sgt. Lisa Johnson told The Times that school officials reported the occurrence to police.

On Friday morning, Oct. 9, an adult at Taylorsville Elementary School reported that she saw bus driver Dennis Chapman pinch a young child’s buttocks four times in the school’s parking lot. Chapman drove the Exceptional Children’s bus, said Johnson.

Chapman is charged with one misdemeanor count of assault on a child less than 12 years old.

Chapman was arrested on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, and taken before a magistrate, where a $2,000 unsecured bond was set.

According to Renee Meade, Public Information Officer for Alexander County Schools, evidence in the case was turned over to police. Chapman is suspended from his job as bus driver pending the outcome of the investigation.

A call from The Times to a Taylorsville number listed in the phone directory for Dennis Chapman was not answered Wednesday, October 14.


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